Neoliberalism and the “Davos Class”


AntiNote: The following is an extended excerpt of a radio interview, edited for readability.

On 25 January 2014,  Chuck Mertz of This is Hell! Radio (Chicago) interviewed Hilary Wainwright about her contribution to the Transnational Institute report State of Power 2014: Exposing the Davos Class, an examination of the nature of neoliberalism and the need to resist it in diverse ways, many of which may not be ‘political’ per se. 

The “ecology” of resistance needed to upend the “complex and constantly mobile organism” of neoliberalism is one of the central themes we are exploring on AntiDote; Wainwright’s explanations and imaginative terminology provide a useful framework for these continuing discussions.

Neoliberalism was a product of a class struggle from above, which was won by Thatcher and Reagan and those who wanted to get rid of any constraint on the market.

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The Radical Pessimist on Iran


Transcribed from This is Hell! Radio and printed with permission.  Listen to the full interview here.

AntiNote: On 1 February 2014, This is Hell! host Chuck Mertz talked with sociologist and writer Kevan Harris on a wide range of topics which have one essential thing in common: nobody else seems to be talking much about them.

“There’s not a nuclear weapons program.  But that doesn’t stop anybody from using dog-whistle polemic.”

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Squatting versus Speculation in New Orleans

Transcribed from This is Hell! Radio‘s 18 January 2014 episode and printed with permission.  Listen to the full interview here.


Squatting is a common practice since Katrina.  Everyone knows someone who has done it.  It’s a tacitly acceptable part of the culture.

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Gentrification and the Death of Creativity


Transcribed from This is Hell! Radio’s 18 January 2014 episode and printed with permission.  Listen to the full interview here.

I think there’s a very specific idea of artistic success that’s being pushed that’s tied to the ability to live in these cultural capitals, places like New York or San Francisco.  People who can’t go to those places think that they’re not allowed to participate.


Chuck Mertz:  On the line with us right now is Sarah Kendzior.  She is a St. Louis based columnist for Al Jazeera English and The Chronicle of Higher Education.  Her April 2013 article The Wrong Kind of Caucasian is the most popular Al Jazeera English op-ed of all time.  That story explains how, despite the Boston bombers having little to do with Chechnya, the media were quick to demonize an entire ethnicity.  Sarah’s most recent writing at Al Jazeera is Expensive Cities are Killing Creativity: New York City, a traditional incubator for artists, has now become a gated citadel for creativity.  Good morning, Sarah.

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