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Neoliberalism: what took us so long: The Week in 1 Minute (July 15 – 22 on openDemocracy)

openDemocracy’s theme of the week is Neoliberalism, Crisis and the World System. Chris Renwick and Michael Gardiner challenge received wisdom, while Stephen Shapiro sees neoliberalism as the reappearance of tactics dormant but never forgotten since Marx’ Capital. William Davies tells us in ‘Neoliberalism & the revenge of the “Social”' that we must revise our assumption that the movement opposes the very idea of the ‘social’ as a domain of human activity; Jodi Dean’s ‘The Neoliberal Trap’ explains how feedback amplifies its worst features

14 July 2013

Mark Fisher argues that the left has taken too long to fight back and John Holmwood writes that the ‘neoliberal knowledge regime’ has just begun their last major offensive. London’s property market has become a wealth ‘car park’ for the global super-rich says Rowland Atkinson, and Simon Parker explores the relationship between high finance, elite government and the austerity measures. Doreen Massey asks how we can subvert the vocabularies of neoliberalism.

oD Russia carries frightening news from Grigorii Golosov, Kirill Rogov and Anastasia Valeeva on what is happening to Alesksey Navalny – the opposition leader who has managed to become so well-known — and so dangerous for the Kremlin — in such a short space of time.

Angela Patrick notices that legislation for ‘Secret Justice’ is rushed through the British House of Commons, while Nick Turse and Matthew Harwood track how US surveillance has disproportionately targeted Muslims, Alfred W.McCoy looks at ‘surveillance blowback’ from America’s wars, and Daniil Kotsyubinski explains who is supporting Snowden in Russia and why. Mary Martin is disappointed with what ‘human security’ means at the UN today.

On openGlobalRights, Marsha Freeman is disappointed that Stephen Hopgood hasn’t noticed the struggle for women’s rights, while the founder of Human Rights Watch says Stephen has misunderstood. Hugh Shapiro and David Schlesinger both tackle Xiaoyu Pu for complaining that the west is trying to tell China what to do and Peter Brett challenges: aren’t human rights just a boring Scandinavian religion?

Rita from Syria writes heart-breakingly of forced starvation during Ramadan and Marwa Daoudy sets us straight on sectarianism; Nadje Al-Ali writes on how women in Iraq bear the brunt of escalating violence. For oD’s Transformation, Gail C. Christopher offers a powerful meditation on the costs of racism in the wake of the Trayvon Martin verdict, while Matthew Simmermon-Gomes writes an open letter to whites.

We find out how football offered premilitary training in former Yugoslavia, while in Turkey it’s a force for liberalization and modernity. The Gezi spirit continues to fascinate, with İrem İnceoğlu celebrating this horizontalist movement, but Alparslan Nas asking why it doesn’t extend to the 50% who vote AKP. Britta Ohm comes along to sort this dispute out, while Yavor Siderov interviews Kerem Oktem and Dimitar Kenarov as they explore the implications of the protests in Turkey and Bulgaria.

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