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2016 Postmortem

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Sun Jul 3, 2016, 02:47 PM Jul 2016

To Lump Him With Trump, Zakaria Lies About Sanders on Brexit [View all]

To Lump Him With Trump, Zakaria Lies About Sanders on Brexit
by Adam Johnson, Jim Naureckas
Common Dreams

Zakaria went on to say:

Over the past 50 years, the countries that have grown the most are those that have opened themselves up to global markets.

This is an article of neoliberal faith, but it just isn’t true. China, for instance, has had a GDP growth rate of 10.9 percent annually over the past 50 years (based on World Bank figures), but does not have a particularly “open economy”; the International Chamber of Commerce puts it in 59th place out of 75 countries in its Open Market Index. Pakistan and Bangladesh–72nd and 73rd on the ICC’s list–grew by 8.0 and 7.2 percent per year, respectively. India–which Zakaria singles out as a country kept “poor and stagnant” because it “followed economic policies premised on the idea that free trade was disastrous”–has had annual growth of 7.4 percent from 1964 to 2014.

For neoliberal high priests like Zakaria, maintaining the ideological order on free trade is of the utmost importance. To do this, it’s essential they hammer home the myth that “populist” candidates of left and right are simply two sides of the same ignorant, irrational coin.

Meanwhile, calm, scholarly, Serious People like Zakaria will come in and explain why the centrist corporate orthodoxy is the one true faith. That they have to spread falsehoods and half-truths to do so is a testament to how tenuous their position has become.

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Isn't a neoliberal just a normal liberal who comradebillyboy Jul 2016 #1
First sentence nailed it. JaneyVee Jul 2016 #3
"Neoliberals" are hard-core right-wing. Hortensis Jul 2016 #19
Neoliberals Else You Are Mad Jul 2016 #4
No. A neoliberal is essentially a right-winger brentspeak Jul 2016 #5
So someone who is not sufficiently pure... comradebillyboy Jul 2016 #6
"Purity" has absolutely nothing to do with it brentspeak Jul 2016 #7
Then they are more like Libertarians,--good to know. ismnotwasm Jul 2016 #8
Words have meanings portlander23 Jul 2016 #9
Indeed they do, which is why when people choose to ignore their meaning to attack people, it's sad. synergie Jul 2016 #11
Right? ismnotwasm Jul 2016 #14
And surprise surprise, none of that matches with the Dems that get called "neoliberal" Lord Magus Jul 2016 #16
It's Common Dreams, right up there with the Intercept on extreme left purity. synergie Jul 2016 #10
Someone saw "neo" tossed in front of "conservative and thought, "Oh, we can just do that?" BobbyDrake Jul 2016 #18
Name me one single thriving closed economy. JaneyVee Jul 2016 #2
Well the US is not a closed economy but it is more 'closed' than any progressive country. pampango Jul 2016 #13
"Sanders, unlike Trump, has long been opposed to Britain leaving the European Union. How can Zakaria pampango Jul 2016 #12
Neoliberal is now a smear just as "establishment" cosmicone Jul 2016 #15
I know it's months ago, but are you clearer on the term yet? nikto Nov 2016 #21
Zakaria simply reeks with bias and I stopped subjecting myself to his Bluenorthwest Jul 2016 #17
I happen to like Zakaria and watch his show on a regular basis. I think that his opinions tend politicaljunkie41910 Jul 2016 #20
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