Neoliberal Development and Struggle Against It: The Importance of Social Class, Mystification and Feasibility

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Maisuria, A. 2018. Neoliberal Development and Struggle Against It: The Importance of Social Class, Mystification and Feasibility. Aula Abierta. 47 (4), pp. 433-440.
AuthorsMaisuria, A.
Abstract

In this article I introduce and develop neoliberalism through a discussion of Marxism and the way that classed mystification and feasibility are crucial concepts for understanding the maintenance of neoliberalism, and revolutionary possibilities. The starting point for this article is an essential explication of the Marxism, which is argued as the most efficacious theoretical framework for understanding the current historical conjuncture. Then, I provide an understanding of the development of capitalism into its current neoliberal form and its core features. Doing this work is important because while scholars regularly refer to capitalism/neoliberalism, they rarely explicate its fundamentals. Having this specification will provide a referent for the analysis for the discussion in the article. This incorporates the question: what mechanisms generate the tendency for most people to acquiesce (or even assent) to neoliberalism, despite the inequality and inequality it creates? To address this, I suggest the critical importance of mystification. While exposing neoliberalism is important I argue that analysis and critique alone is not sufficient. I draw the article to a close by presenting a discussion about the importance of the feasibility of an alternative to neoliberalism to be promoted by critical educators and Marxists. The possibility of resistance and revolution emerges through constructing, what Gramsci called, a new conception of the world.

JournalAula Abierta
Journal citation47 (4), pp. 433-440
ISSN0210-2773
Year2018
PublisherUniversidad de Oviedo
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Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.17811/rifie.47.4.2018.433-440
Web address (URL)https://doi.org/10.17811/rifie.47.4.2018.433-440
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OnlineDec 2018
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Deposited22 Jan 2019
AcceptedDec 2018
AcceptedDec 2018
Copyright information© 2018 Aula Abierta
LicenseCC BY-NC-ND 4.0
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