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The Isms of March! : Neoliberalism (Thinking Critically about Society)

Friday, March 16, 2018
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Event Type:
Direct Action Monterey Network
Location Details:
Old Capitol Books, 559 Tyler Street, downtown Monterey

We’re back at it again with a series of seminars The Isms of March as part of our Thinking Critically about Society series. We’ll be joined by CSU Monterey Bay professors, local poets, and critically thinkers just like you to help tackle some of the different ideologies and theories that we’ve been hearing about.

Friday 16 March – 7pm: Understanding Neoliberalism
Facilitated by Sriya Shrestha

In this seminar, we will discuss Neoliberalism, a term for the economic, culture, and social shifts that have occurred in the United States and abroad since the 1970s. Over the last few decades, people all over the world have felt the intense impacts of a changing global economy. Deindustrialization has left once thriving manufacturing communities abandoned and struggling. Wages and benefits for working and even middle-class people have largely stagnated as employment has increasingly become temporary and unstable. Limited opportunities for upward mobility have become even more compromised by decrease in funding for both primary and higher education leading to enormous tuition rises at public universities. Right and left leaning governments have slashed basic services like welfare benefits, affordable housing, and public transportation. Policing and punishment systems have become increasingly punitive, and once abandoned communities have become battlegrounds between wealthy developers and poor residents. Most of us have been impacted by one or more of these shifts, in this seminar we will contextualize these issues within a set of global trends that have fostered inequality and wide-spread social unrest all over the world.

Readings available soon.

All readings available for free at

Other events in the series:
Friday 9 March – 7pm: What is Anarchism?
Friday 16 March – 7pm: Understanding Neoliberalism
Friday 23 March – 7pm: Reading Marx
Friday 30 March – 7pm: Exploring Primitivism
Added to the calendar on Sun, Feb 25, 2018 6:35PM
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