Naming the BEAST: Neoliberalism!

We really must wake up! There is a vile beast at work in our world, which has a name, but we don’t know it and we don’t understand it and so its power grows! It is ravaging the poor and breaking our communities. It wears the mask of freedom, but devours our lives. “The freedom that Neoliberalism offers, which sounds so beguiling when expressed in general terms, turns out to mean freedom for the pike, not for the minnows”. Do you get it? The vast majority of us are the minnows! It serves the predators, not the enslaved. It gives us just enough freedom to think we are free, but we have become captive to the greed and rampant consumerist individualism it instills. We must throw off the chains. We have to shake off our malaise. It is the very antithesis, or the exact opposite, of what Jesus called the kingdom of God. It is, in fact, the dominant political and economic philosophy of our day. All the major political parties drink deeply from its cup. The Labour party do not think they can win an election without it and its poison will destroy the NHS, education system and all other public services.   We need to know about it, understand it, be delivered of its power and reimagine some altogether different, creative and positive alternative ways of approaching life together, that will free us from its grip.


Please make yourself a good old cup of fair-trade or slave-free tea and take some time to read this in depth article from the very clever George Monbiot. As he writes: “it’s not enough to oppose a broken system. A coherent alternative has to be proposed.”


George Monbiot



5 thoughts on “Naming the BEAST: Neoliberalism!

  1. Very interesting article that. I’m painfully aware of Milton Friedman and his very powerful allies, but I was inclined to think that neo-liberalism was simply a new name for monetarism – I didn’t know it’s previous history.
    George Monbiot often makes my hackles rise, but he’s often very interesting and well-informed. By his own injunction surely his new book should be called ‘How Do We Get Out Of This Mess?’

    • I guess he sees himself like a man who rings a bell…. I doubt he has many alternatives to offer…. But there are some, Paul Mason, Yanis Varoufakis, the New Economics Foundation team who might be beginning to at least offer some alternative and viable experimental alternatives….

      • Monbiot’s alternative seems to be a kind of Good Life style self-sufficiency in mid-Wales, which is grand if you can also earn a few bob writing books and selling articles to the Grauniad but not much use to the the rest of us.

      • Well no, but I was referring to The Good Life as in the TV series, Felicity Kendal, Richards Briers, Penelope Keith etc. Before your time perhaps?

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