Monday, September 5, 2011

What is neo-liberalism?

Just to get the ball rolling I though I'd suggest some of the type of things you may wish to add.

I know I shall be criticised but Wikipedia happens to be a good starting point so take a look at:

David Harvey has written recently and extensively from a left critical perspective his book is: (2005). A Brief History of Neoliberalism. Oxford University Press. ISBN 0199283265
And there are some online lectures that you may be interested in:

An animated version of his ideas (really animated):

13 free lecturers that have had an international audience of over 700,000:

Chris Harman from an SWP perspective but his book on the current economy and a left critique of neo-liberalism is excellent: Zombie Capitalism: Global Crisis and the Relevance of Marx (London, 2009) ISBN 978-1-905192-53-3

Chris Harman and David Harvey video debate:

John Cassidy I would suggest has written one of the most accessible books taking apart the classical economic theories that underpin neo-liberalism from a critical but not necessarily left perspective: Cassidy, John (2009). How markets fail : the logic of economic calamities. Farrar, Straus and Giroux. ISBN 9780374173203.

Professor Richard D Wolff an American Marxist who writes and speaks very accessibly. These are audio recordings of his talks to students and staff at the University of Vienna and I found them both insightful and inspiring:

See his website:

And a cracking video:

And an entire course of 38 videos:

Well this is my personal selection. Please add whatever you like in the comments.


  1. From Len, good reference to liberalisation meanings and implications for privatisation debates:

  2. A good article from Stuart Hall:

  3. Good video from a retired US banker about how their system works and why not to trust them: