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Besides these obvious contradictions, neoliberalism is also blind to power within the system.  (Perhaps this is intentional.)  Because no market is free from the influence of power, there is a tendency in them to move towards monopolistic or oligopolistic forms of enterprise.  While there are some exceptions, this has proven true in almost every mature market, whether it is a question of car manufacturers or, in particular and most dangerously, mass media.

Indeed.  In a world in which a mere handful of corporations control every market that matters, the very concept of a free market is an oxymoron.  When a mere handful of corporations control virtually all media outlets, the very concept of a free press is an oxymoron.

We all bleed the same color.

by budr on Sun Mar 18th, 2007 at 12:23:53 PM EST
Yeah, one of the most brain-twisting, ennervating things about the neolibs (and the neocons, for that matter) is their ability to be completely contradictory and get away with it.  That partly because the media is complicit in creating neoliberal environments, and partly because people are so brainwashed by parts of the neoliberal agenda that they can't see outside of it.
by andrethegiant on Sun Mar 18th, 2007 at 02:04:01 PM EST
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