By Anita Chari
Anita Chari revives the concept that of reification from Marx and the Frankfurt university to highlight the resistance to neoliberal capitalism now forming on the point of political financial system and on the extra sensate, experiential point of subjective transformation. analyzing artwork through Oliver Ressler, Zanny Begg, Claire Fontaine, Jason Lazarus, and Mika Rottenberg, in addition to the politics of Occupy Wall road, Chari identifies practices in which artists and activists have challenged neoliberalism's social and political logics, exposing its inherent tensions and contradictions.
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69 In the Euro-Atlantic context the economic events of the late 2000s have provoked just such a dissolution of the landscape of critique, an issue I will discuss further in chapter 7 in my discussion of Occupy Wall Street’s reﬁguration of the critique of neoliberalism. ”71 In that light, what is needed to navigate this N EO LI B ER AL SY M P TO M S 41 impasse theoretically is a synthesis of radical democratic and Marxist genres of critique. What hinders this synthesis, on the one hand, is the attachment of radical democratic theory to a formalist mode of critique that ultimately is based upon a liberal framework.
S. governmental policy in the 1970s sought to represent it as apolitical. ”40 Similarly, the Federal Reserve’s 1979 turn toward monetarist policy, according to Krippner, was an attempt by the Fed to present policy choices as having arisen automatically from market-generated ﬂuctuations in the money supply. This example illustrates a key facet of the dynamic between the state and economy in neoliberalism. In neoliberalism the state presents certain economic policies as apolitical and as arising from the automatic dynamics of the market, when, in fact, they are a product of speciﬁc state policies.
Government’s austerity measures, which demand that the state curtail its redistribution of wealth to corporations, are crucially important forms of politics. Such demands could be described in Marx’s terms, perhaps idiosyncratically, as a form of “political emancipation” from the economy. Yet, as Marx emphasized, critique can go beyond the idea of merely political emancipation to destabilize the distinction between economics and politics that sediments and anchors the limits of the contemporary political imagination—in his terms, critique can aspire toward human emancipation.