The Choice of Civil War: Another History of Neoliberalism

Original title: Le Choix de la guerre civile

Authors: Dardot, Pierre, Laval, Christian, Guégeun, Haud, Sauvêtre, Pierre

Publication Date:

April 2021

Pages:

328

Original language and publisher

French | Lux Editeur

Territories Handled

Worldwide excl. French

Territories Sold

World Portuguese (elefante Editora)

Genres

History, Politics, Society

The Choice of Civil War: Another History of Neoliberalism

Original title: Le Choix de la guerre civile

Authors: Dardot, Pierre, Laval, Christian, Guégeun, Haud, Sauvêtre, Pierre

Synopsis

This book approaches neoliberalism on the ground that has been its own since its origins: the choice of civil war as a means of bringing about the vision of a pure market society. A polymorphous war of domination which can sometimes involve military and police coercion but is too often mistaken for the exercise of government power, and which is waged through and by state institutions.

From Hayek to Thatcher and Pinochet, from Mises to Trump and Bolsonaro, and from Lippmann to Biden and Macron, neoliberalism has taken and still takes various shapes depending on the circumstances. And what emerges, in this strategic perspective, is the history of an unrelenting dogmatic logic that will use any means necessary to weaken and, if possible, crush its enemies.