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22 August - 12 - 1pm, 5D12, Wellington Campus
Neoliberalism, Friedrich Hayek, and the “social justice warrior”
Presented by Associate Professor Sean Phelan
This talk asks how we might think about the ideological legacy of the thing we call “neoliberalism” in a political context where different racist, sexist and authoritarian discourses have been emboldened. I consider this question by reflecting on the neoliberalized logic of the so-called “social justice warrior,” a cultural figure that is ridiculed by the extreme right and sometimes a target of general derision, even by some on the political left. I develop the argument by examining the ideological and communicative affinities between Friedrich Hayek’s critique of the concept of social justice and online representations of “social justice warriors”. Contrary to the simplistic image of neoliberalism as a fixed, unitary ideology, the talk encourages us to think of its legacy in differentiated, fragmentary and generative ways that now animate the cultural politics of social justice claims and projections.
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