In the current neoliberal world order, is it possible for authoritarianism to return? When we look to the founding of Germany in 1949, a decision was made to follow the logic of ordoliberalism: to firmly regulate the state through the market so as to prevent a return of fascism and authoritarianism. However, according to Samir Gandesha, the opposite effect happened. In this episode, Samir and our host Am Johal discuss the ‘neoliberal identity’, what contributes to it, and how this impacts our current political world order.Samir Gandesha is the director of the Institute for the Humanities at SFU and an Associate Professor in the Department of Humanities. He specializes in modern European thought and culture, with a particular emphasis on the 19th and 20th centuries. Recently, Samir has written about authoritarianism and the neoliberal personality, along with other theoretical work. Samir is the editor of the forthcoming publication, 'Spectres of Fascism' in 2020 with Pluto Press; co-editor with Peyman Vahabzadeh of the publication 'Crossing Borders: Essays in Honour of Ian Angus', forthcoming from Arbeiter Ring Press in 2020; and is also preparing a manuscript on the 'Neoliberal Personality'. You can learn more about Samir and the Institute for the Humanities at www.sfu.ca/humanities-institute.html.
On Episode 23 of Below the Radar, Am Johal talks to Samir Gandesha
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