Right-wing neoliberalism’s assault on the very idea of society laid the groundwork for today’s right-wing nationalist backlash. But the Left’s hands aren’t entirely clean either.
Niklas Olsen is associate professor in history and chair of the Center of Modern European Studies at the University of Copenhagen. He is the author of The Sovereign Consumer. A New Intellectual History of Neoliberalism.
Neoliberalism replaces the citizen with the consumer — pushing people out of political life and into the marketplace.