The following quote was in a music thread on Yakety Yak. It seemed out of place there, so I figured I'd start this conversation with it.
As near as I can tell, I think (bride of)SOT is using the term in its classical meaning (actual market-happy conservatives), but that isn't clear.
Regardless - is the following true?:
Bride Of Sea Of Tunes wrote:I am convinced that the dominant idolatry that is termed neoliberalism by the most serious of critics and scholars has changed everything. It has been deleterious for people's expectations as human beings, for their hopes and dreams, for their self-esteem, for their general trust in others and in life itself, for their own bank of cheerful and loving memories, for their good spirits and their minds in general.
It's not surprising that the lack of shared values and shared hopes has led to isolation, depression, and an extreme appetite for stimuli, quick fixes, superficial contacts, representations of violence and pornography, and bad, bland, populist cultural expressions.
Turning inward, and respecting contemplative silence, these things perhaps have become very threatening and frightening to people.
But without these activities, there can't be culture, or art.
(Rant over, sorry, I did go on a bit here.)