Florian Cramer on Mon, 15 May 2017 15:59:52 +0200 (CEST)

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Re: <nettime> Neoliberalism & alt-rght trolls

It's a yes and no, depending on the definition of neoliberalism you
use. If you define neoliberalism along the lines of Hayek and Mises as
libertarianism light, then yes, there are overlaps, particularly in
cyber libertarianism.

Within the larger current network and discourse of the "Alt-Right",
the cyber libertarian positions of Neo-Reaction ("NRx")/right-wing
accelerationism and Peter Thiel mark these points of intersection.
But also the support of Bitcoin (whose design is based on Hayek's
economics) in larger, hacker culture-sympathetic parts of the

The populist mainstream of the "Alt-Right", however, is
anti-neoliberal; not only because of its resentment against what it
perceives as liberal identity politics, but also because it opposes
free trade capitalism and demands economic nationalism/isolationism.

These contradictions are already breaking the larger "Alt-Right"
network as we're speaking.


Op 15 mei 2017 9:14 a.m. schreef "Geert Lovink" <geert@xs4all.nl>:

> I would say no. Neo-liberalism comes with politically correct identity
> politics. It does not allow weirdness and ‘freedom of speech’.
> Neo-liberalism is out to claim consensus and cannot argue in public. It
> has to silence the fringe and ignores it in a deep and, until recently,
> effective way. That’s maybe also why alt-right came into being in the
> first place. Neo-liberalism is a hegemonic block, pretty much as Gramsci
> once defined it.
> Geert
> > On 15 May 2017, at 6:45 am, Robert Tynes <nativebuddha@gmail.com> wrote:
> >
> > To what extent are alt-rght trolls a product of neo-liberalism?
> >
> > -nb

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