If you were to take a look back at the last 30 years, concentrating on the agora, the public space, what would be your overview?
Me, I think I\’d say that it was this here internet thing that had massively expanded it. From Usenet through blogs to Twitter and Facebook, the ability to broadcast one\’s views, discuss them, chew them over, have them criticised, corrected even, has expanded massively.
We are in a golden age of the public space I think it would be fair to say.
Which makes this from our favroute retired accountant from Wandsworth so interesting:
Geography is a really important part of this: having a location where people can meet and talk over a period is vital That’s because for thirty or more years neoliberalism has very deliberately crowded out all dissent, in economics and politics. So we have a hegemony of neoliberal thinking in economics whilst politicians are cowed into offering one agenda within the framework of the current political domain.
This from a man who, as he is only too eager to tell us, runs the number 1 economics blog in the country, has near 7,000 Twitter followers?
What crowding out?