Neoliberalism Is a Political Project
peartreed » Fri Dec 07, 2018 1:56 pm wrote:My preceding December 5 post only made passing reference to neoliberalism in an opening sentence to bridge the thread topic to the point of my opinion as expressed in the thrust of the rest of that post. That is, the need for more consideration and conscience in our collective conduct, institutionally in society and on this particular forum.
Nevertheless, I appreciate the input and intended help in defining neoliberalism despite its irrelevance to my post.
What still bothers me is the original point that the respondents ignored as the focus was instead diverted to a distracting flaw that everyone jumped on. I just want to reiterate that my observation about "bullying" group behavior was thus exemplified yet again. And the contentious issue of more considerate conduct here was simply ignored and dropped.
Group leaders and their supporters (sympathetic advocates or simple Yes-Men) tend to dominate discussions and debates by criticizing, containing and controlling their rivals and minority opinion voices by finding fault and dividing the audience into opposing factions, then further isolating the main dissidents by group pressure, highlighting differences, disagreements and diverting the focus to their flaws and human frailties. This encourages followers to board the bandwagon and join the attack.
As I understand it, neoliberalism can also be a form of free-for-all, unregulated exploitation.
Ironically, without conscience and consideration for others, so can a debate forum.
I suppose my expectation of more empathy in exchanges here is ultimately unrealistic, given the prevailing pundits.
I think I'll return to a family focus for the festive season to maintain my abiding faith in my fellow man.
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