Naming Neoliberalism: Exposing the Spirit of Our Age

Naming Neoliberalism: Exposing the Spirit of Our Age

by Rodney Clapp
Naming Neoliberalism: Exposing the Spirit of Our Age

Naming Neoliberalism: Exposing the Spirit of Our Age

by Rodney Clapp




Neoliberalism is the reigning, overarching spirit of our age. It consists of a panoply of cultural, political, and economic practices that set marketized competition at the center of social life. The model human is the entrepreneur of the self. Though regnant, neoliberalism likes to hide. It likes people to assume that it is a natural, deep structure—just the way things are. But in neoliberalism's train have come extreme inequality, economic precariousness, and a harmful distortion of both the individual and society. Many people are waking up to the destructive effects of this order. Anthropologists, economic historians, philosophers, theologians, and political scientists have compiled considerable literature exposing neoliberalism's pretensions and shortcomings. Drawing on this work, Naming Neoliberalism aims to expose the order to a wider range of readers—pastors, thoughtful laypersons, and students. Its theological base for this "intervention" is apocalyptic—not in the sense of impending doom and gloom, but in the sense of centering on Christ's life, death, and resurrection as itself the creation of a new and truer, more hopeful, and more humane order that sees the principalities and powers (like neoliberalism) unmasked and disarmed at the cross. The book carefully lays out what neoliberalism is, where it has come from, its religious or theological pretensions, and how it can be confronted through and in the church.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781506472652
Publisher: 1517 Media
Publication date: 07/20/2021
Pages: 233
Product dimensions: 5.75(w) x 8.75(h) x 0.69(d)

About the Author

Rodney Clapp is an editor at Cascade Books in Eugene, Oregon. He is a former columnist for The Christian Century and the author of several books, including the award-winning A Peculiar People: The Church as Culture in a Post-Christian Society (1996), Tortured Wonders: Christian Spirituality for People, Not Angels (2004), and New Creation: A Primer on Living in the Time between the Times (2019). He lives in Wheaton, Illinois.

Table of Contents

Introduction ix

1 After Liberalism 1

2 The Special Case of Neoliberalism 31

3 After Apocalypse 63

4 Freed from the Overweening Market, Freed for Covenant 89

5 Freed from Nationalism, Freed for Catholicity 115

6 Freed from the Exploitation of Nature, Freed for Solidarity with Creation 147

7 Freed from the Fear of Death, Freed for Life as Gift 171

Epilogue 185

Acknowledgments 207

Bibliography 209

Index 227

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