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By Anita Chari

Anita Chari revives the major suggestion of reification from Marx and the Frankfurt college to highlight the resistance to neoliberal capitalism now forming on the point of political economic climate and the extra sensate, experiential point of subjective transformation. analyzing artwork via Oliver Ressler, Zanny Begg, Claire Fontaine, Jason Lazarus, and Mika Rottenberg, in addition to the politics of Occupy Wall highway, Chari identifies practices during which artists and activists have challenged neoliberalism's social and political logics. via positioning the topic in uncomfortable or very unlikely destinations of wish, functional orientation, and commentary, such practices divulge neoliberal capitalism's inherent tensions and contradictions.

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According to this scenario, the response to critique leads not to the establishment of more just mechanisms but to a change in the modes of profit 40 N EO LI B ER A L SY M P TO M S creation, such that the world is momentarily disrupted with respect to previous referents, and in a state that is extremely difficult to decipher. Faced with new arrangements whose emergence was not anticipated . . critique finds itself disarmed for a time. 67 Boltanski and Chiapello, I would suggest, describe the situation that the left critique of neoliberalism confronts now, disarmed by transformations in the structure of capitalism that have rendered such critiques no longer adequate to changed conditions.

51 According to Foucault, neoliberal theorists conceptualized the relationship between the state and economy in a way that is crucially distinct from the classical liberal model. According to Foucault, the German ordoliberals, a group of thinkers who were at the forefront of defining what we today take to be the principles of neoliberalism, effected several shifts and inversions in classical liberal doctrine to specify a new relationship between the state and economy. Foucault writes that “the problem of neo-liberalism was not how to cut out or contrive a free space of the market within an already given political society, as in the liberalism of Adam Smith and the eighteenth century.

To name neoliberalism as depoliticizing, then, is not to argue that we are somehow in a “postpolitical” condition in neoliberalism. Undoubtedly, forms of politics are alive and well in the contemporary moment. My goal, however, is to displace existing understandings of the political, in order to push beyond the limits that the neoliberal configuration of the economy-politics relation tends to impose. As Dean perceptively argues in her critique of communicative capitalism, we are confronted with a surplus, rather than a surfeit of so-called democratic communication, but the forms of communication we are bound to utilize in the hypertechnologized public sphere have little critical effect.

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