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Boyd Kellner, Newrybar

Richard Hil’s article on Neo-liberalism (Echo 3 October) offers a salutary critique, however regrettably provides no progressive left political strategy and narrative to changing it. The ‘Remaking Australia – What is to be Done’ falls abysmally short of its famous revolutionary title, offering nothing new, and no progressive political agency. Understanding the power of capitalism is a necessary requirement to challenging and wresting the power of this insidiously destructive system. Creating and building a consistent democratic alternative remains vital to replacing capitalism.

Political class struggle ideology, not self-absorbed identity politics, remains key to fundamental political change. The Bernie Sanders and Jeremy Corbyn movements represent left social democrats, as a positive development for change.

This era of neo-liberalism is a virulent form of capitalism, and will require organised ‘from below’ political struggle to effectively change to a more democratic, environmental, humane, and just political, economic system.

David Harvey, as an academic, has been instrumental in critiquing capitalism for decades, providing strategies to overthrow capitalist neo-liberalism as has the pernicious individualistic, narcissistic consumer psychology that has permeated our lives. Neo-liberalism of the individual is symptomatic of a greater crisis of some in society in today’s thinking and behaviour attracting some to authoritarianism, far-right political demagoguery.

Wishful thinking about replacing neo-liberalism with feelgood ideas does not shake the citadel of capitalism. As the crises of capitalism become more acute – inequality, climate change, ecological destruction, and the rise of far-right political parties globally, the need to understand and develop political strategies, becomes more urgent towards creating another world.


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