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A Prophet Re-Armed: On the Resurgence of Karl Polanyi

I have begun reading Quinn Slobodian’s new Globalists: The End of Empire and the Birth of Neoliberalism, which is just flat-out brilliant. There are a number of very good reviews of the book out there (I’ll single out Patrick Iber’s in The New Republic) if you want to read more about it, but I wanted to bring it up in order to draw out a particular thread for USIH readers. Slobodian’s book is a revisionist account of neoliberalism in a number of different ways, but early on he identifies one particular reason why critics of neoliberalism have routinely misunderstood its Read more