The problem with being on the left is that we are much more certain about what went wrong in the past than what to do in the present, but the rise and endurance of neoliberalist policies might signal we are less right than we think about the present, and that’s stopping us from fighting austerity, inequality and greed in future.
In his book “Never Let a Serious Crisis Go to Waste: How Neoliberalism Survived the Financial Meltdown,” historian Philip Mirowski explains why the financial elite have enjoyed success after success, despite failure after failure, and why the left offers so little resistance. Naturally, Chuck has a ton of questions about this and Philip has a ton of thoughts. Listen to this if it feels to you like being on the left is like being left out of American politics.
Philip Mirowski is a historian and philosopher of economic thought at the University of Notre Dame, Indiana. Philip is author of 2002’s “Machine Dreams: Economics Becomes a Cyborg Science” and 1999’s “More Heat than Light: Economics as Social Physics, Physics as Nature’s Economics.”