The post war settlement just ended. Neo liberalism is no more. ‘”Fascism is not in itself a new order of society. It is the future refusing to be born” Nye Bevan.
The final phase began with the fall of Lehman Brothers, and ended today. I became viscerally aware the post war settlement was ending when equality was rolled back for working class women, their ability to protect themselves and their children from abuse was removed. I was reminded that as a care leaver my identity and survival was a fluke of late 20th century institutional arrangements. Arrangements which I always understood to be in flux, in the way most understand the moods of their family. In some small way this blog chronicles how it happened. The demonstration of how the radical left violently prevented anyone discussing a consensus that was over, to protect a liberal left tied to an economics that Keynes and Hayek both knew had to end. Now they are coalesced around a narcissist occupying the opposition bench of the House of Commons and aligned with Trump.
Our benefits system played out Road to Serfdom and women lost their children and we were abused as a reflex response to financial instability so our political class didn’t have to acknowledge what the financial crisis meant. It turned out the disciplines who were supposed to understand this shit was cyclical, deliberately forgot and they can’t even see the context they exist in, never mind the context changing around them and thought that abusive reflex was the best way to deal with things. I found out in 2010 when I was told to reimagine my relationship with the state, that I was changed context our political class were not aware of. The reconstruction in peoples understanding of power happened. While the West was playing checkers, Putin was playing chess.
Our political class don’t understand the rules of the game as global power realigns and every country in the world enters this new game. We start the process of forging the settlement that I am sure one day will break down under the weight of its own flaws, as this one did. I don’t know what happens now. The rules are being rewritten around us and the old ones no longer apply. But we will always be able to rely on the tendency of human beings to habituate, and the care that defines the human relationships that guide that tendency, and eventually equilibrium will return.
Equality WAS temporarily rolled back for working class women as a response to a banking crisis. Our radical left, feminists, the liberal media, all worked to make sure that could happen without comment. THat reflex was part of what killed neo liberalism and led us down the road to what comes next. But a funny thing happened. It turned out that I was correct and you couldn’t just undo an evolutionary shift and roll back a 21st century society to the 19th century by the power of newspaper comment alone. All we did was generate crisis which showed up the flaws in our legislation, our institutions and which now need to be addressed and will. There is a reason Beveridge’s report was found in Hitler’s bunker. So I don’t feel hopeless even if am frightened. And if you are not frightened right now you are stupid.