Canadian academic Dr. Simon Springer (Associate Professor in the Department of Geography, University of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada), has cogently argued the case for utterly rejecting the inhumane and deadly evil of neoliberalism in an article provocatively entitled “F--- neoliberalism.”
I have politely edited Dr. Springer’s indignant use of the F word] (see Simon Springer, “F--- neoliberalism”, Academia). Neoliberalism is killing Humanity (mass murder) and the Biosphere (speciescide, ecocide and terracide) and we clearly must dump, can, halt, stop, reject etc. neoliberalism - perhaps “f--- neoliberalism” is the best the English language can do to express the required resolute commitment to the extirpation of deadly neoliberalism.
Dr. Simon Springer’s article has the succinct abstract: “Yep, f--- it. Neoliberalism sucks. We don’t need it”, and commences “F--- neoliberalism. That’s my blunt message. I could probably end my discussion at this point and it wouldn’t really matter. My position is clear and you likely already get the gist of what I want to say. I have nothing positive to add to the discussion about neoliberalism, and to be perfectly honest, I’m quite sick of having to think about it. I’ve simply had enough. For a time I had considered calling this paper “Forget Neoliberalism” instead, as in some ways that’s exactly what I wanted to do. I’ve been writing on the subject for many years.”
Dr. Simon Springer’s article concludes: “Ultimately neoliberalism is a particularly foul idea that comes with a whole host of vulgar outcomes and crass assumptions. In response, it deserves to be met with equally offensive language and action. Our community, our cooperation, and our care for one another are all loathsome to neoliberalism. It hates that which we celebrate. So when we say “f--- neoliberalism” let it mean more than just words, let it be an enactment of our commitment to each other. Say it loud, say it with me, and say it to anyone who will listen, but most of all mean it as a clarion call to action and as the embodiment of our prefigurative power to change the f---ing world. F--- Neoliberalism”.
Dr. Simon Springer is correct from both a semantic and scientific perspective. Greed-driven neoliberalism is currently the dominant economic philosophy globally but has driven Humanity to the edge – a catastrophic 2 degree Centigrade temperature rise is now essentially inevitable, 17 million people die avoidably from deprivation each year, 7 million people die annually from air pollution and as many as 10 billion people will die this century if man-made climate change is not requisitely addressed. We can only save Humanity and the Biosphere through implacable zero tolerance for deadly neoliberalism and remorseless neoliberals.
Neoliberalism seeks to maximize the freedom of the smart and advantaged to exploit the human and natural resources of the world to maximize personal profit, with an utterly dishonest claim of “trickle down” benefits for the less smart and less advantaged. In contrast, social humanism (social democracy, democratic socialism, the welfare state) involves sustainably maximizing human happiness, opportunity and dignity through evolving national and international social contracts for the betterment of all people and the irreplaceable Biosphere (biodiversity) on which they depend.
Indeed neoliberalism kills – thus 17 million people die avoidably from deprivation and deprivation-exacerbated disease on Spaceship Earth with inhumane and remorselessly greedy First World One Percenter neoliberals in charge of the flight deck (see my book “Body Count. Global avoidable mortality since 1950”).
However, even in the rich Anglosphere countries of Australia, Canada, UK and the US where avoidable death (avoidable mortality, excess death, excess mortality) on a global comparative scale is almost zero, one can identify hundreds of thousands of preventable deaths annually from major killers such as such as adverse hospital outcomes, smoking, obesity, air pollution and alcohol down to relatively minor killers such as homicide and illicit drugs. Annual preventable deaths from such causes in Australia, Canada, the UK and the US total, 85,000, 101,000, 150,000 and 1.7 million, respectively. Such preventable deaths in Australia, Canada, UK and the US have thus totalled 1.2 million, 1.5 million, 2.2 million, and 24 million, respectively, since the US Government’s false flag 9/11 atrocity in 2001 that killed about 3,000 people. Pollutants from carbon fuel burning kill 7 million people annually (WHO) and have killed 102 million people thus since 9-11 – there have been 3 million US air pollution deaths versus 53 US political terrorism deaths since 9-11.
However it gets worse. It is now extremely unlikely that the world will avoid a catastrophic plus 2 degrees Centigrade temperature rise and the worst culprits in this catastrophe in terms of “per capita income weighted annual per capita greenhouse gas pollution” include the rich Anglosphere countries of Australia, Canada, UK and the US. It is estimated that failure to address man-made climate change will wipe out much of the Biosphere and kill all but 0.5 billion people i.e. kill 10 billion people this century.Unfortunately the Awful Truth is hidden from the masses by One Percenter-controlled Mainstream media that have entrenched lying by commission and vastly worse lying by omission in the West. Dominant neoliberalism has converted one-person-one-vote Western democracies into Plutocracies, Kleptocracies, Murdochracies, Lobbyocracies, Corporatocracies and Dollarocracies in which Big Money purchases people, politicians, parties, policies, public perception of reality, political power and more personal wealth for One Percenters.
One Percenters now control 50% of the wealth of the world, and as revealed by French economist Professor Thomas Piketty, the One Percenter share of annual income in Anglosphere countries is steadily increasing. Professor Piketty argues that this hugely disproportionate wealth distribution is damaging for democracy (money buys votes) and for the economy (the poor cannot afford to buy the goods and services they produce) and he suggests a progressive wealth tax of up to 10% to ensure a return to democracy and to humane, sustainable economics. One notes that France has an annual wealth tax of up to 1.5%, Islam demands an annual wealth tax of 2.5%, and an annual global wealth tax of 4% would abolish the 17 million annual avoidable deaths from deprivation.
The transformation of Western democracies into corporatist Lobbyocracies has seen the progressive side of politics shift from traditional pro-Humanity and pro-equity positions to obscene, neoliberal greed and unprincipled pragmatism. However
the massive public support for Democrat Presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders in the US and for Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn in the UK – leaders who actually dare to call themselves socialists - suggests that a substantial proportion of the public in these countries have wised up to neoliberal falsehood and perversion of decent, humane values. The election of Justin Trudeau to power as PM of Canada suggests a similar hopeful trend – global warming, that is currently devastating Canada from massive forest die-off to the current apocalyptic Alberta conflagration, may also be warming up Canadian sensibilities.
In Australia the obscenely neoliberal, pro-war, pro-Zionist, war criminal, anti-science, pro-coal, climate criminal, pro-One Percenter Liberal Party-National Party Coalition (aka the pro-coal KOALition) has over-reached in its appalling wealth transfer from the poor to the rich to the extent that a Right wing-dominated, neoliberal Labor Opposition has been forced to actually return to traditional Labor social humanist values in this election year and - despite the US Murdoch media empire’s capture of 70% of Australian daily newspaper readership in Murdochracy Australia – may garner enough support from young, poor, sick, elderly, educated, pro-environment and pro-Humanity Australians to gain office with the help of preferences from the decent, pro-Humanity, pro-environment Greens in Australia’s compulsory preferential voting system. Decent, science- informed, pro-Humanity and pro-Biosphere Australians will utterly reject evil, destructive and deadly neoliberalism, vote 1 Green and put the KOALition last.
I have recently put the position of zero tolerance for evil and destructive neoliberalism – albeit somewhat more politely than Dr. Simon Springer - in an MWC News essay entitled “Polya’s Laws of Economics expose neoliberal capitalism”: “Polya’s 3 Laws of Economics mirror the 3 Laws of Thermodynamics and are (1) Price minus COP (Cost of Production) equals profit; (2) Deception about COP strives to a maximum; and (3) No work, price or profit on a dead planet. These 3 Laws of Economics are useful in exposing and assessing massive deceptions in neoliberal capitalism involving the dangerously uncosted exploitation of human and physical resources for private profit. As exampled above, application of the First Law of Economics enables quantitation of huge hidden subsidies from the remorseless deception described by the Second Law of Economics.
The Third Law of Economics presents a terminal boundary condition of the human condition in which irreversible greenhouse gas (GHG) pollution, ecocide, speciescide and climate genocide have led to omnicide and terracide, the destruction of Humanity and the Biosphere. The Paris Climate Change Conference has failed before it has begun – a plus 2C temperature rise is catastrophic and is now inevitable. Humanity is faced with an urgent new task to do everything we can to make the future “less bad”.
Dishonest, destructive and deadly neoliberal capitalism that allows the vastly rich to get even vastly richer at the expense of Humanity and the Biosphere must be urgently replaced by an evolving social humanism involving truthful, science-based risk management and the maximization of human dignity, happiness and opportunity. Peace is the only way but silence kills and silence is complicity – the worsening deception by the ever-self-enriching One Percenters and complicit Mainstream media, politician and academic presstitutes means that 7 million people die annually from air pollution and 17 million people die avoidably each year from deprivation.
Decent people must (a) inform everyone they can, and (b) apply Boycotts, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against all people, politicians, parties, countries, companies and corporations disproportionately involved in the terracidal rape of the Earth - armed with the 3 Laws of Economics they must ensure Climate Revolution now” (see Gideon Polya, “Polya’s Laws of Economics expose neoliberal capitalism”, MWC News, 17 October 2015).
We are badly running out of time to save the Planet from destructive and deadly neoliberalism. Already it appears that a plus 2C temperature rise will be catastrophic and is now inevitable, but we are obliged to do everything we can to make the future “less bad” for future generations. There must be zero tolerance for neoliberalism and total rejection of those espousing this remorseless, obscene, deadly, speciescidal, ecocidal, terracidal, anti-Humanity and anti-Biosphere philosophy. F--- Neoliberalism indeed.
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