George Monbiot explained neoliberalism simply and succinctly at the 2016 Hay Festival. Listen to his lecture here. In this accessible talk, Mr Monbiot answers the oft asked question: "what is neoliberalism?".He runs through a brief history of neoliberalism, explaining that neoliberal economics often passes without definition because it draws its power from … [Read more...] about Neoliberalism explained by George Monbiot
Adam Curtis consumerism
In The Men Who Made Us Spend BBC TV programmes, journalist Jacques Peretti presents his evidence, and offers no simple solutions. Back in 2002, when previewing Adam Curtis' The Century of the Self TV programmes, Bryan Appleyard wrote: "The Century of the Self is a startling revelation of the way things that we take for granted are, in fact, the result of specific ideas and … [Read more...] about Review: The Men Who Made Us Spend. Putting the con into consumerism?
Over the years many documents have surfaced that may explain the origins of our society's apparently all-pervading consumerism. On this page I'm going to try and list some of the important sources that may give us some insight into the origins of consumerism and the work ethic. Thanks to the internet, it's now easier than ever for previously overlooked documents and … [Read more...] about In quotes: The origins of consumerism and the work ethic