Corporate-owned government and media conspire to manufacture the consent or silence of the majority in order to mobilise the apparatus of the state to the benefit of veiled corporate interest.
It would be easy to think that Gentrification in Dublin at least is a mimetic phenomenon, with the city’s middle class’ self-proclaimed ‘creatives’ imitating what has become the new avant-garde in London and New York.
Wealth, as one of the principal sources of power, was never democratised and so remained a source of power for the wealthy as they repositioned themselves both politically and economically in their respective nations.
Capitalism and Neoliberalism are in many respects similar economic ideologies, but as socio-political realities they are very different beasts. Even the way in which we speak of them indicates that there is something of a difference between the two.
What Tom Slater had described in 2006 as “an expression of urban inequality” had arrived in our city and was busy devouring a vulnerable working class community in the midst of the worst economic crisis this country has experienced since the 1980s.
From the time of Reagan and Thatcher, right across the West, the rich became the super-rich, and over the face of the global economy an oligarchy was created.
Greater flexibility in labour recruitment allows investors and business owners to make more money by paying workers less. It doesn’t take an economist then to see that this isn’t good for people who have to work for a living.
This is the thing about economic growth; it always comes at a cost for the people who don’t economically matter, and this has always been the way in Ireland.