By Lisa Duggan
Through now, we've all heard concerning the surprising redistribution of wealth that's happened over the past thirty years, and especially over the past decade. yet fiscal alterations like this don't happen in a vacuum; they're regularly associated with politics. The Twilight of Equality? searches out those hyperlinks via an research of the politics of the Nineties, the last decade while neoliberalism-free marketplace economics-became gospel. After a super historic exam of the way racial and gender inequities have been woven into the very theoretical underpinnings of the neoliberal version of the country, Duggan indicates how those inequities play out at the present time. In a sequence of political case experiences, Duggan finds how neoliberal objectives were pursued, demonstrating that innovative arguments that separate id politics and financial coverage, cultural politics and political beliefs, can in basic terms fail. finally, The Twilight of Equality? not just unearths how the hugely profitable rhetorical maneuvers of neoliberalism have functioned yet, extra importantly, it exhibits the way to revitalize and unify revolutionary politics within the U.S. this day.
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Thus social service functions are privatized through personal responsibility as the 16 T H E T W I L I G H T OF EQUALITY? proper functions of the state are narrowed, tax and wage costs in the economy are cut, and more social costs are absorbed by civil society and the family. In addition, this redistribution of costs and benefits has been starkly differentiated by hierarchies of race, gender, and sexuality. In some respects neoliberal welfare reform, crystallized in the 1996 Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act (PRWORA), was nothing new.
15 DOWNSIZING DEMOCRACY 21 The newly more visible conflict among elites is accompanied by an overlapping conflict over cultural politics. On one side is the residual strategy of cultural traditionalism deployed during the late twentieth century "culture wars"—energetic attacks against "multiculturalism" and "permissiveness" intended to shrink the funding bases as well as popular support for sites of nonmarket politics—the arts, education, and social services. On the other side is a newly emergent "equality" politics that supports "diversity" and "tolerance," but defines these in the narrowest terms, and entirely within the framework of globalist neoliberalism.
Meanwhile, by the following Wednesday, November 5, Kimball had penned a screed for the Wall Street Journal excitedly describing his conference experience. Headlined "A Syllabus for Sickos," Kimball's column described the same workshops and performance event as de Russy's memo, then went on to opine that, Among the many issues that events like "Revolting Behavior" raise, two stand out. One is a deep moral issue that concerns the appropriate place of sexuality in human life. Behind the celebration of "Sex Toys for Women" and other such phenomena is a vision of sexuality totally emancipated from nature.