Blair, Mussolini, Neo-Liberalism and ‘The End of the Ideology’

Really like the association of New Labour as a continuity of neo-lieralism, some term Communitarian neo-liberalism. Still working through ‘end of utility’s or ‘end of history’s debate, currently working on an agency based post-structuralist mentality approach to rhetoric and government ~ Foucaultian possibly ~ and would be interested to engage. Will follow @demeanour.

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Mussolini

Fascist Dictator Mussolini adopting typically grandiose posture

After the scrapping of Clause 4, the section of the Labour party’s constitution committing it to nationalisation, Tony Blair’s ‘New Labour’ government was hailed by many as the expression of the new pragmatism in politics. With ministers drawn from outside as well within the Labour party itself, New Labour was celebrated for its empirical approach to politics. Instead of following the dictates of ideology, the party was instead formulating policies and appointing personnel according to what worked. Just as Francis Fukuyama described the new political era ushered in by the Fall of Communism as the ‘end of history’, so there was a tendency to describe Blair’s government almost as the ‘end of ideology’. This type of rhetoric resembled some of the attitudes adopted by Mussolini’s Fascist dictatorship when it seized power in the 1920s.

19th and early 20th century Reformist Social Democrat politicians…

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