By Anita Chari
Anita Chari revives the idea that of reification from Marx and the Frankfurt tuition to focus on the resistance to neoliberal capitalism now forming on the point of political financial system and on the extra sensate, experiential point of subjective transformation. interpreting artwork by way of Oliver Ressler, Zanny Begg, Claire Fontaine, Jason Lazarus, and Mika Rottenberg, in addition to the politics of Occupy Wall road, Chari identifies practices in which artists and activists have challenged neoliberalism's social and political logics, exposing its inherent tensions and contradictions.
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For the neoliberals, “pure competition must and can only be an objective, an objective thus presupposing an indeﬁnitely active policy. ”55 As a consequence, Foucault observes, twentieth-century neoliberalism moves away from a model of the state and economy 36 N EO LI B ER A L SY M P TO M S in which the two spheres are sharply delimited. For the ordoliberals, “the relation between an economy of competition and a state can no longer be one of the reciprocal delimitation of diﬀerent domains. . ”56 Where liberalism is committed to the delimitation of two bounded domains of economics and politics, neoliberalism brings an active governmentality to the realm of the market, which in practice elides the boundaries between the spheres of the state and the economy.
Through transnational corporations; 2. through economic theories of competition that prioritize consumer “welfare” over consumer choice and thus ultimately result in the reduction of market competition; 3. through the ascendance of “new public management” systems, a branch of neoliberal policy theory that seeks to remedy supposed ineﬃciencies in government institutions by modeling them along the pattern of corporations; 4. 46 In line with new public management ideology, governments have increasingly hired private-sector consultants and appointed senior managers from private ﬁrms.
Indeed, my main preoccupation is not with liberal political theory as such, but with radical democratic theories of the left that unintentionally adopt key dimensions of a liberal social ontology. 42 N EO LI B ER AL SY M P TO M S The dimension of liberal critique that I want to draw attention to is its formalism. 74 Liberal formalism operates by working the form of normative concepts, such as liberty, against their social content. In addition, liberal formalism is based upon a sociological premise that also has normative implications: the separation of the economic and political spheres.
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