Noam Chomsky: Neoliberalism is Destroying Our Democracy
“Margaret Thatcher said ‘there is no society, only individuals’… for Thatcher that’s an ideal. Neoliberalism destroys or undermines the governing mechanisms in which people can participate. To weaken them, undermine unions and other forms of association, and leave a sack of potatoes. Meanwhile, it transfers decisions to unaccountable private power all in the rhetoric of freedom.
The one barrier to the threat of destruction is an engaged and informed public acting together to develop means to confront the threat and respond to it. And that’s systematically weakened for people to become more passive and apathetic and not disturb things too much. And that’s what the neoliberal programs do. So put it all together and what do you have? A perfect storm. This is all very simple, it’s in front of our eyes. All you have to do is look.”