Neoliberalism

Africa's False Friends

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Mark Curtis condemns the neo-liberal assumptions of New Labour's development agenda.

The New Labour government has had an amazingly good press on development issues. Tony Blair and Gordon Brown are regarded throughout the mainstream media and liberal political culture as little short of champions of global poverty eradication. Their policies on aid, Africa and trade are routinely praised as demonstrating that, even though they might be liars and criminals over Iraq, on global development they are committed internationalists. It is an extraordinary view.

The Clash of Fundamentals

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Finding the right response to neoliberalism is not always straightforward.

A comrade recently took issue with a short piece I wrote in Socialist Worker about the overthrow of Aristide in Haiti. He recognised that I was adamantly opposed to the entry of US troops and to the takeover of key cities by armed right wing groups that preceded it. But he claimed I failed to see that the whole opposition to Aristide was the work of the Haitian bourgeoisie and the US government.

What's in a Word?

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Our definition of neoliberalism has profound effects on our solutions.

One concept will be much used at the European Social Forum in Paris next month - ‘neoliberalism‘. Some will use it as a synonym for the system of international capitalism, some for the present phase of that system (often also referred to as ’globalisation‘), and some for a particular economic arrangement chosen by governments.

Equity, Diversity and Solidarity

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Review of 'Parecon', Michael Albert, Verso £16

The anti-capitalist movement is not what it was. From Seattle to Hyde Park, debate has ranged from the neoliberal agenda and all its implications to imperialist wars. In a global day of anti-war protest we have had an inkling of its potential strength. Now many people are arguing that all this energy and organisation must press on for alternatives to privatisation, for social justice and peace. We are not satisfied that 'the only alternative to the market was something worse - Stalinism'. This book reflects a profound shift in the expectations of millions of people.

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