Neoliberalism shifted the political debate into a new orbit where a core belief was ´´Free Markets´´ and a new economics voodoo was ushered in and given the status of received truth, Supply-side Economics and the Chicago Boys, Freidman Hayek and Dr Alan Waters.They preeched the gospel to which there was no alternative. ´´TINA´´. This new orbit dawned and was marked by was marked By Mrs Thatcher’s election in 1979 and Ronald Reagan in 1980 along with the Pinochet Coup in Chile and support from the USA and UK for Pinochet’s Neo-Liberal Fascist regime in Chile. Nascent Neo-Liberal Fascism was thus born in 1973 and in 2017 the British Election has the opportunity to reject full-blown Neo-Liberal Fascism under Theresa May, Queen TINA´s heiress.
Queen Tina was to be worshipped and never questioned indeed TINA was and is “She who must be obeyed”. Unlike the Dionysian pair or Matrifocal societies TINA was not a feminine Deity but archly patriarchal, cold and bitter above all a vengeful spitefull god, TINAs Noble lie was the Lie of Austerity. A lie Mrs May espouses and which was espoused in 2015 by all 3 Neo-Liberal sects of the TINA religion.
Thatcherism is thus often compared to neoliberalism. Milton Friedman said that “the thing that people do not recognise is that Margaret Thatcher is not in terms of belief a Tory. She is a nineteenth-century Liberal.” Thatcher herself stated in 1983: “I would not mind betting that if Mr Gladstone were alive today he would apply to join the Conservative Party”. In the 1996 Keith Joseph memorial lecture Thatcher argued that “The kind of Conservatism which he and I … favoured would be best described as ‘liberal’, in the old-fashioned sense. And I mean the liberalism of Mr Gladstone, not of the latter day collectivists”. However, Thatcher once told Friedrich Hayek: “I know you want me to become a Whig; no, I am a Tory”. Hayek believed “she has felt this very clearly”.
But the relationship between Thatcherism and liberalism is complicated. Thatcher’s former Defence Secretary John Nott claimed that “it is a complete misreading of her beliefs to depict her as a nineteenth-century Liberal”. As Ellen Meiksins Wood has argued, Thatcherite capitalism was compatible with traditional British political institutions. As Prime Minister, Thatcher did not challenge ancient institutions such as the monarchy or the House of Lords, but some of the most recent additions: such as the trade unions. Indeed, many leading Thatcherites, including Thatcher herself, went on to join the House of Lords: an honour which Gladstone, for instance, had declined.
Thinkers closely associated with Thatcherism include Keith Joseph, Enoch Powell, Friedrich Hayek and Milton Friedman. In an interview with Simon Heffer in 1996 Thatcher stated that the two greatest influences on her as Conservative leader had been Joseph and Powell, who were both “very great men”.
The Video below is My Critique of Paul Johnsons Ìnependant´expert view on the BBC Reality checks of the Torty and Labour Party Manifestos.
GENERAL ELECTION 2017 PARALeLlES TO 1951. #CORBYN4PM LABOUR CAN WIN
Atlee won the popular vote in 1951 after clawing back a Tory poll lead of 11,% in late September which was down to 4.5% by mid-October and had evaporated and become a 4.51% surplus over the Tory vote in the final result.
DEMOCRATIC FAULT LINE, SOCIAL DEMOCRACY VS NEOLIBERALISM.
Back in 1986 Tony Benn and Roy Jenkin’s ran over the dividing line between the Right wing social democratic wing of the Labour party versus the Democratic socialist wing, the current fault line in British politics is the quarrel between social democracy and neo-liberalism.
The fault line runs across all political parties in Europe including the UK, it is painted as a Nationalism and populism against progressive internationalism But Globalisation is not internationalism it does not hold to any of the tenets of Social Democracy it is effectively anti-democratic.