adopt the principles of their enemies — NOS4A2
So it beggars belief that all roads lead back to someone like Friedman or Hayek or… Pat Buchanan?. — NOS4A2
So while it tried to steal the idea of free markets from their opponents, it retained the collectivism and statism, and that’s where we’re at today. — NOS4A2
The big mistake about the neoliberalism theory is that it puts people like Tony Blair, Bill Clinton, Obama, and Biden among its ranks. — NOS4A2
One possible objection you could bring up is that what we live under right now would be more akin to "managerialism" than "neoliberalism." — LancelotFreeman
Directors that issue more dividend, will more readily be appointed later on in their career and a managerial culture is established as a result. Succesful directors are those that generate the most profit but nobody reviews how those profits come about and whether it reduces the capacity of the company to absorb shocks or basic long term fitness. — Benkei
The second reason is that the labour movement in the US simply seems to have been crushed. It hasn't helped that labour unions were related to organized crime and their political power has been related only to work with one political party, but not much with the dominating party. — ssu
I doubt that government efforts to ban or limit the purchase of guns or opiates will be successful, so I don't see deregulation as the source of their prevalence. Here in God's Favorite Country, we love our guns and our drugs and those of us who want them will find a way to get them — Ciceronianus
As for guns our freakish regard for the Second Amendment will always stand in the way of effective regulation. — Ciceronianus
But gun control laws have steadily increased over time, not receded. — NOS4A2
Oddly enough a number of laws making schools a gun free zone came into effect in the early nineties, right before the modern phenomenon of school shootings rose precipitously. — NOS4A2
I cannot see that deregulation has occurred, much less by any avatars of neoliberalism. — NOS4A2
I’ve just want to know of a single neoliberal policy that has led to a single death of despair, which for some odd reason includes mass shootings. — NOS4A2
Perhaps, some speculate, it is because American society is unusually violent. Or its racial divisions have frayed the bonds of society. Or its citizens lack proper mental care under a health care system that draws frequent derision abroad.
These explanations share one thing in common: Though seemingly sensible, all have been debunked by research on shootings elsewhere in the world. Instead, an ever-growing body of research consistently reaches the same conclusion.
The only variable that can explain the high rate of mass shootings in America is its astronomical number of guns.
You want a gun in Switzerland even after you finished military service? Fine, but you have to apply for one and get a license unless you want a hand bolt-action rifle or a multi-barreled hunting rifle– in which case you do not need a license.
So, let’s say you are Swiss, you have military experience, and now you want a real, thoroughly lethal gun, not a multi-barreled hunting rifle that’s good for bringing home venison, and also, you’re 18 or older: Can you pack heat without a bureaucratic problem?
Here for the Swiss, unlike Americans, regulations are quite a bit more finicky. Not only are you supposed to be criminal record-free in order to get a gun, but you also must be deemed unlikely to cause harm to other Swiss. Local police who have doubts about a prospective gun owner’s well-being (or even those who are assured of the same but worry nonetheless) may and sometimes do ask local psychiatrists or friends about an applicant’s mental state or alcohol and drug use.
Also, that gun license, even when approved, is only valid for a maximum of nine months, and applicants are allowed only one weapon. Period.
That’s right. Twenty semi-automatics are unlikely to find their way into the basements of Swiss adolescents. So if the NRA wants to point to Switzerland, it needs to tell the whole story, please…
It should be easy to name one neoliberal policy that contributed to just one school schooling. — NOS4A2
Deregulation is a policy and a choice. — Mikie
it is that I find politics often descend into bias, emotional appeals, and tribal warfare. — Philosophim
The rest of the internet is flooded with such posts, and I do not want to see it infecting these boards here as well. Please, continue to be provocative! But, also try to make the post philosophical and not a general political statement. — Philosophim
This thread is specifically about deaths of despair and their roots in the aforementioned (neoliberal) policies.
Which is why I referenced anomie again (and again). — Pantagruel
How does a government impact your life without a policy? — NOS4A2
By deaths of despair I mean suicides, including mass shootings, and drug overdoses . . . . . it’s fairly obvious to me based on common sense and the evidence: it’s the guns.
Guns cause drug overdoses? — jgill
School shootings, for example. Unlike any other country and unlike any other time in American life. — Mikie
Sure, we can claim there’s no answers to why this is the case, but it’s fairly obvious to me based on common sense and the evidence: it’s the guns, — Mikie