Neoliberalism and Individualism: Ego Leads to Interpersonal Violence?

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  1. Alan P Rudy says:

    The argument in this post runs up against the very different case of the more neoliberal and more individualistic US where violent crime rates have been falling for at least two decades, doesn’t it? Either there are very different links between neoliberalism, individualism and violence between the two countries or, it seems to me, the focus is too limited here. I’ve just taught Jack Turner’s (2008) account of de Tocqueville’s take on individualism, structural injustice, gender and race along side David Harvey’s early chapter from A Brief History of Neoliberalism, “Freedom’s Just Another Word…” and what stands out as common between French and US neoliberalization isn’t violent crime patterns but civic withdrawal, an intensification of the politics of self-interest and xenophobia, and a general pattern of power-laden marketization – in short, the enclosure of public space in all it’s incarnations.

  2. Gig says:

    Violence has being going down over the last 30 years, not up.

    There is a link between neoliberalism and feminism.

    Obsession with women spending more time in work, bolstering the police state by demonizing men and calling for oppressive laws and more police power. Dividing the left and redefining the real struggle as against men in general not class, in the 1970s – just when neoliberalism was launching its own attack … hmmm

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