[V8A] 'All for ourselves and nothing for other people': The takeover of economics by neoliberalism

Murray Dobbin murraydobbin at shaw.ca
Sat Dec 17 18:02:14 CST 2016


'All for ourselves and nothing for other people': The takeover of economics
by neoliberalism 


By Murray Dobbin
<http://rabble.ca/category/bios/rabble-staff/contributor/murray-dobbin> 

December 16, 2016 

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All for ourselves, and nothing for other people, seems, in every age of the
world, to have been the vile maxim of the masters of mankind.

-- Adam Smith, Wealth of Nations

In these days of economic stagnation, misery and insecurity, housing bubbles
and the growing precariate, it seems appropriate to speculate on what
Shakespeare might have written today
<https://www.enotes.com/shakespeare-quotes/lets-kill-all-lawyers>  were he
penning a modern rewrite of Henry VI. In declaring, "first let's kill all
the lawyers," his character was voicing support for Jack Cade, whose
revolutionary vision cast lawyers as paper-shuffling parasites ruining the
lives of the common people. In the past 25 years that ignoble role has been
usurped by economists. I liked them better when economics was called the
dismal science -- now the profession is simply a self-satisfied apologia for
the plunder of society's wealth by the greedy and ruthless 1% -- the
"masters of mankind."

more
<http://rabble.ca/columnists/2016/12/all-ourselves-and-nothing-other-people-
takeover-economics-neoliberalism> .

 

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