I just want to quickly address something that has sticking in my craw a little bit. Over the past year, I’ve witnessed the use of the term “neoliberalism” go beyond academia. I’ve heard it mostly used (derisively) to describe entrenched establishment Democrats like Hillary Clinton, Chuck Schumer, Nancy Pelosi, etc.
Although it is an accurate description for the Democratic Party’s politics, I just want to remind folks that it doesn’t just apply to Democrats you or I don’t like, or Democrats in general.
The two Western heads of state on this cover are the mother and father of current-day nationwide neoliberal politics, conservative icons Margaret Thatcher in the UK and Ronald Reagan in the US. Neoliberalism is a term that applies to Republicans too. This term applies to Reagan, both George Bushes, and Donald Trump and his cabinet just as much as it applies to the Clintons and Barack Obama. The whole Republican Party has been neoliberal for a long time, especially nowadays with leaders like Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell.
Just a reminder, y’all.