1989 – Rise of Neoliberalism with Thatcher and Reagan

Market Government: Neoliberalism and the transformative power of 1989

Neoliberalism is variously associated with the liberalization and deregulation of financial markets, and the total privatization policies of Reagan and Thatcher. Neoliberalism has become synonymous with the rollback of the welfare state and the erosion of any kind of social policy.

About thirty years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, many scholars have explored how the outbreak of the ‘global 1989’ led Europe to lose its role as the direct and indirect epicentre of the bipolar confrontation, while the dismantlement of the ‘Cold War game’ intertwined with the reconfiguration of the pillars upon which the process of European integration had been built since the end of the Second World War.

The Shock Doctrine

However according to Naomi Klein, it’s only the ‘official’ narrative (=government approved and publicized by MSM) that says that neo-liberalism started in the late nineteen-eighties with Thatcher and Reagan, because “it sounds more “flattering that way”. But its real roots lie in the seventies with general Pinochet’s military designed coup against democratically elected Allende in Chile, that was strongly stimulated and supported by US president Nixon and the CIA. After that, this policy was spread to other south-American countries like Brazil, Uruguay and Argentina… with yet another military coup against Isabel Perron.
And later, without the need for coup or violence, through Thatcher, close friend to Reagan and Pinochet himself, to England and eventually Europe.

The Maastricht treaty* and neoliberism (IT)
*degradation of Europa from a Community of, by and for the people to a Union, in fact a Market, for and by the banks and corporations.