By Anita Chari
Anita Chari revives the main thought of reification from Marx and the Frankfurt tuition to highlight the resistance to neoliberal capitalism now forming on the point of political financial system and the extra sensate, experiential point of subjective transformation. studying artwork via Oliver Ressler, Zanny Begg, Claire Fontaine, Jason Lazarus, and Mika Rottenberg, in addition to the politics of Occupy Wall highway, Chari identifies practices wherein artists and activists have challenged neoliberalism's social and political logics. by way of positioning the topic in uncomfortable or very unlikely destinations of wish, functional orientation, and commentary, such practices reveal neoliberal capitalism's inherent tensions and contradictions.
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11 Neoliberal politicians advocated the transfer of the costs of social reproduction, as well as the displacement of the costs of dependency to the realm of civil society and the family, through a language of personal responsibility and entrepreneurship. Thatcher and Reagan, for example, responded to dire unemployment and inﬂation by reducing the money supply and systematically eradicating the power of unions. 16 Neoliberalization entails the retreat of the state from social welfare functions even as the state takes a more interventionist role in market processes.
Synthesizing these approaches could move us beyond impasses in contemporary political theory that reproduce formalist and ahistorical concepts of politics and economy, which tend to reﬂect neoliberal symptoms at the theoretical level rather than subjecting neoliberal forms of domination to critique. NEOLIBERALISM AS DISCOURSE AND PRACTICE There is a now voluminous literature on neoliberalism and its political and economic eﬀects on contemporary society. My objective here is to synthesize some of the main insights of this important scholarship in order to highlight a feature of neoliberalism that I take to be central to formulating an account from the perspective of political theory, in particular.
26 My point in N EO LI B ER AL SY M P TO M S 25 stressing depoliticization, however, is to ask whether we reach certain limits of political possibility when we limit questions of economics to the terms she mentions. It is true that these terms all indicate the prevalence of economic issues in the public sphere in the wake of the 2008 crisis, but it could be argued that the way these terms are deployed within public discourse tend to conﬁne economics to the terms of the neoliberal relationship between state and economy.