Economic systems

December 1, 2011 § 1 Comment

In the article, Contesting the Neoliberal City: Pittsburg’s Public Service Unions Confront a Neoliberal Agenda, Steven Lopez quotes, “The Kane campaign, unable to construct a counter-ideology capable of taking on globalization or the Republicans’ tax cut, successfully attacked instead the specific neoliberal arguments in favor of privatization.” (Lopez, 293).  I originally misunderstood the assignment, but found it relevant anyways. Capitalism is a system which can very good or very bad.  It is very important to have a solution when you want to criticize something.  If you do not, the opposition can easily come back and say that there is no other successful way. There are many different arguments one can take against neoliberal philosophy; one can advocate for a system which does not involve money, perhaps a competitive bartering system.  Some approaches may not seam very realistic to at first, but after going through the process of testing them, one can pick out the most successful and present these findings.  After a period of time, if ones research was accurate, a new system can catch on.


§ One Response to Economic systems

  • gotagape says:

    While privatization has played a prominent role in fashioning America, the reading extensively highlights the transition of Pittsburgh (Steel city to global city) and how privatization poses as a threat – in this case the Kane centers. Because livelihood is a major concern (cutback in: benefits, wages, staffing, patient care etc) collective action was initiated. In other words, defending the rights of public services.As a result, the goal to mobilize the Kane workers took a downturn and what was thought to be a valuable policy by the Republicans appeared to be corrected.

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