Title Neoliberalism’s Demons
Subtitle On the Political Theology of Late Capital
Author Adam Kotsko
ISBN 9781503607125
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Binding Paperback
No of pages 176
Book size 152 x 228 mm
Publishing year 2018
Original publisher Stanford University Press (Combined Academic Publishers)
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“In all of the hubbub about neoliberalism, one often feels that there is not much more to say. Adam Kotsko’s premise—that the devil and the neoliberal subject can only ever choose their own damnation—is as original as it is breathtaking. Everyone should read this book.”

—James Martel, San Francisco State University


“It’s been a long time since I’ve read something so acutely in tune with its political moment. Both wide-ranging and impressively concise, this book offers one of the most compelling critical analyses of neoliberalism I’ve yet encountered, understood holistically as an economic agenda, a moral vision, and a state mission.”

 —Peter Hallward, Kingston University London


By both its supporters and detractors, neoliberalism is usually considered an economic policy agenda. Neoliberalism’s Demons argues that it is much more than that: a complete worldview, neoliberalism presents the competitive marketplace as the model for true human flourishing. And it has enjoyed great success: from the struggle for “global competitiveness” on the world stage down to our individual practices of self-branding and social networking, neoliberalism has transformed every aspect of our shared social life.

The book explores the sources of neoliberalism’s remarkable success and the roots of its current decline. Neoliberalism’s appeal is its promise of freedom in the form of unfettered free choice. But that freedom is a trap: we have just enough freedom to be accountable for our failings, but not enough to create genuine change. If we choose rightly, we ratify our own exploitation. And if we choose wrongly, we are consigned to the outer darkness—and then demonized as the cause of social ills. By tracing the political and theological roots of the neoliberal concept of freedom, Adam Kotsko offers a fresh perspective, one that emphasizes the dynamics of race, gender, and sexuality. More than that, he accounts for the rise of right-wing populism, arguing that, far from breaking with the neoliberal model, it actually doubles down on neoliberalism’s most destructive features.




Chapter 1: The Political Theology of Late Capital

Chapter 2: The Political and the Economic

Chapter 3: Neoliberalism’s Demons

Chapter 4: This Present Darkness

Conclusion: After Neoliberalism




About the Author:

Adam Kotsko is on the faculty of the Shimer Great Books School of North Central College. His most recent book is The Prince of This World (Stanford, 2016).

Target Audience:

People interested in Political Theology.

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