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A New Economic Order Without Violence

  • Richard A. CohenEmail author
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Part of the International Perspectives on Social Policy, Administration, and Practice book series (IPSPAP)

Abstract

Diagnosis of capitalist economics as the ideology of an unlimited totalization of individualistic and negative freedoms (“freedom from”), which undermine and destroy all non-utilitarian registers of meaning, especially the moral and political, and provide a means and a mask for the rich to rule. Neo-liberalism diagnosed as an ersatz repetition (first tragedy, then comedy, but no one is laughing) of the once legitimate militancy of classical liberalism against traditional privileges of land and blood, but now turned against the social democratic reforms legitimated and required by the exaggerations and distortions of that same early liberalism, i.e., against positive social freedoms and duties (T. H. Green), from the side of liberalism, and against the commitments to democratic and peaceful means (E. Bernstein), from the side of Marxism, both of which acknowledge responsibilities for the common weal.

Keywords

Neoliberalism Violence Capitalism Consumerism Liberalism Human Rights 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Jewish Thought and HeritageUniversity at BuffaloBuffaloUSA

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