Oct 25, 2011
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Confronted by this onslaught, the usual response of social democratic parties and trades unions has been a defensive cry for the maintenance of the welfare state. But calls for a return to the era of Keynesian `big government’ are as inadequate as the demand that unemployment be solved by `more jobs.’ They forget the important critique of the welfare state mounted by workers, feminists and anti-poverty movements during the 1960s and 1970s, which addressed not only the quantitative limits of social expenditures and programs but also the qualitative problems arising from their frequently demeaning and invasive administration. It is important to recognise that neoliberal success in deregulation and privatisation rests in part on mobilising these real popular resentments against remote, bureaucratic and hierarchical forms of state power. Moreover, a purely defensive response to privatisation neglects the real possibilities for more responsive and participatory “governmentality” than that of the old Planner State
Dyer-Witheford in Cyber-Marx: Cycles and Circuits of Struggle in High-Technology Capitalism
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