The Facticities of Neoliberalism: Demanding Existential Freedom

  • Peter Bloom


This chapter explores how the “facts” of neoliberalism must be transformed into “facticities”, conditions that are currently holding us back from realizing our existential freedom. It first counterposes supposed neoliberal “facts”—such as the need to be “fiscally responsible” or the idea that massive “inequality” is acceptable and even desirable—with Satre’s interpretation of “facticities”, the events, conditions, and capabilities that impact on what one can and cannot do. This reading allows for an understanding of how these dogmatic “facts” represent an ideological hegemony that forecloses the opportunity to conceive and practically explore alternative modes of freedom. This insight will be critically investigated, in particular, though using the theories of discursive hegemony first introduced by Laclau and Mouffe. The relabeling of neoliberal “facts” as “facticities” thus opens the potential for constructing a counter-hegemonic politics aimed at expanding a dominant social horizon of freedom, in this case away from the narrow limits of the free market.


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  • Peter Bloom
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  1. 1.Open UniversityMilton KeynesUK

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