Monday, June 11, 2012

Margaret Thatcher and Hegemony

A great example of hegemony in action is Thatcher's statement of TINA, "There is no alternative". Of course there is. There has always been an alternative to neoliberalism and there always will be, but in the sweep that put both Thatcher and Reagan into office the dominant forces in society mobilized to try to convince the public that that was not the case. TANSTAAFL, "There ain't no such thing as a free lunch", coined by Milton Friedman, is another example. In that case the "free lunch" referred to Keynesian stimulus programs. Keynesianism was not a "free lunch", but folks in power certainly wanted, and want, people to believe that it was.

But this is all appearance alone, all political maneuvering, an attempt to convince you that your ideas and beliefs aren't reasonable but are somehow flawed in their very core and that you shouldn't believe them, pursue them, or promote change based on them. 

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