Is it no longer necessary to have an education before one becomes a Professor? Even a professor of cultural studies at Middlesex University?
We are on the cusp of a paradigmatic political change. The era of economic restructuring with its blind faith in the free market, hyper-consumerism and winner takes all, is drawing to its close. Selfish individualism has been dealt a fatal blow by casino capitalism and unprecedented levels of personal debt. The politics of Thatcherism and New Labour is now defunct. Gordon Brown\’s tragic fate is to be the undertaker of his own endeavour.
Interdependency will be the new political virtue. Individual market choice will no longer command policymaking. Instead relationships will be the priority. Emotional life, not rational choice, is the glue that holds society together. Emotional intelligence and trust, not micro-management, is what makes organisations function well. Emotional liveliness, not testing, creates good education. Collective enterprise, not competitive individualism, is at the core of a successful economy.
Missing from this is any understanding that the thing which creates interdependency, the method by which humans can cooperate, is markets.
If we\’re all autarkic in our production and consumption then we don\’t cooperate with those around us. The moment we start to exchange things voluntarily (the very definition of a market) we have started to cooperate with them, we\’ve become interdependent. My being able to eat depends in part upon people\’s willingness to buy newspapers which I have written in. I, the newspaper readers (and all who produce them), the farmers and the retailers have all become, in however tiny a manner, interdependent as a result of my not being a self-sufficient peasant farmer.
Fuck me the man\’s an ill educated spazz.
Further elucidation here.