American philosopher: Neoliberalism is destroying democracy

06.06.2017, USA.

The elites’ wish to retain their supremacy by abandoning democracy has lead the world to the brink of disaster, stated American philosopher and publicist, Noam Chomsky on June 2 in his interview to the Open Source radio station, published in The Nation magazine.

Chomsky said that the start of the suicidal “new liberal era”, which he contrasts against the “golden age of capitalism” of 1950-es and 1960-es, can be seen in the 1970s. According to Chomsky, this new liberal era’s “crucial principle is undermining mechanisms of social solidarity and mutual support and popular engagement in determining policy”. “It’s not called that.” Chomsky stresses.  “What it’s called is “freedom,” but “freedom” means a subordination to the decisions of concentrated, unaccountable, private power. That’s what it means. The institutions of governance — or other kinds of association that could allow people to participate in decision making — those are systematically weakened. Margaret Thatcher said it rather nicely in her aphorism about ‘there is no society, only individuals.’”
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