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.
Neoliberalism – the ideology at the root of all our problems
Financial meltdown, environmental disaster and even the rise of Donald Trump – neoliberalism has played its part in them all.
Torture ‘for your amusement’: How Thatcher’s government misled MPs and public about its dealings with the Pinochet regime
The British government under Margaret Thatcher misled the public and MPs about its dealings with the Pinochet regime in Chile while it tortured and killed thousands of people, declassified British documents show.
Tories have conveniently forgotten that Thatcher was friends with a terrorist
Jeremy Corbyn on the other hand has never wielded the levers of power in government, and has never done more than put forward ideas
Neoliberalism: the idea that swallowed the world
The long read: The word has become a rhetorical weapon, but it properly names the reigning ideology of our era – one that venerates the logic of the market and strips away the things that make us human.
The neoliberalism of Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan has run its course
You can see it overseas in the electoral popularity of Bernie Sanders and Jeremy Corbyn, and the anti-establishment revolts in the Brexit vote and the election of Donald Trump.
The Politics of Privatization: How Neoliberalism Took Over US Politics
“Neoliberalism represents a shift in the way we look at the world: it entails seeing every aspect of society, even those typically considered civic or community affairs, in the terms of the market economy…
Neoliberal Thinkers and European Integration in the 1980s and the Early 1990s | Contemporary European History | Cambridge Core
Neoliberal Thinkers and European Integration in the 1980s and the Early 1990s.