Linking Neoliberalism, Identity Politics and Bureaucracy
This blog is created to hopefully contribute to our moral evolution, in dedication and with thanks to the work of Marshall B. Rosenberg, Gary L. Francione & Anna Charlton, David Graeber, David Harvey, bell hooks, Noam Chomsky, Thomas Frank, Michael Hudson, Richard Wolff, John & Mary McDougall, Yves Smith, and Corey Robin. I've benefited from all of their work, and will be drawing and building on it here. Special thanks go to Yves, thanks to whose splendid blog and interests I ran across many of the different pieces of the puzzle I've been putting together in my head during the past decade, and to my best friend and life partner, who indulges me.
If one accepts that all sentient (human) beings have an equal claim on existence, then nonviolence, a moral egalitarianism that results in both 'radical' democracy, complete inclusiveness and solidarity are the only defensible positions we can take. Of course, we currently are far from a society in which even a single institution embodies these principles, never even mind all public and private ones.
As I see it, a large part of the reason why we aren't even close is that almost everyone who matters embraces meritocracy as the ideal, or as something that at least could be just and fair. While I used to believe the same thing, I have come to realize that there's just no way for that to work, and that this aspiration in fact is part of the problem. Because I finally realized the obvious: there is no fundamental difference between meritocracy and hierarchy; all these two moral logics disagree on is who should dominate, and what justifies domination.
I hope this blog can help people to see that and how basically all of the social problems we're facing today (inequality, imperialism, economic insecurity, immiseration of most of the people in the world, workplace repression, the continuing repression of minorities, bureaucratization, segregation, essentialist reasoning, the neutering of politics, and ecological devastation) are either justified using meritocratic arguments, or generated and maintained by institutions which are run that on those principles. I also hope I can tie in and introduce readers to new ways of looking at certain structural problems that I think are helpful, and that I can contribute to people's understanding of how various domains of human life are affected by this logic, learning how to recognize issues, and where (and who) to look (to) for inspiration and alternatives.
But mainly, I just hope I can write about this in a way that makes it clear why I'm talking about this, and why the issues I'm raising are worth thinking about. To this end, I'll try to mostly write about things that affect people's daily lives, even if the effects are hard to see because they're so normal. I'd very much appreciate any/all feedback, both on the contents, and on whether you consider it helpful or not.
That said, it'll probably take me a while to truly get going and get used to writing, so thank you for your patience. :)