Museum of Neoliberalism

Museum of Neoliberalism A small museum exploring an obscure economic ideology that has come to dominate our lives.
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Operating as usual

"Blair was ultimately able to articulate his vision in such lucid terms not because he was a vastly superior politician ...
13/05/2021
Keir Starmer’s Televised Meltdown Was Decades in the Making

"Blair was ultimately able to articulate his vision in such lucid terms not because he was a vastly superior politician — though he was — but because it gave real expression to the zeitgeist of the late 1990s. In 1997, the neoliberal consensus (whatever else you might say about it) was still relatively new and untested in its post-Thatcherite incarnation, and there remained plenty for the apparatchiks of New Labour to do when it came to sweeping away the old order. If the neoliberal center today seems unable to communicate any substantive vision beyond the inane language of focus groups, a major reason is that the project that originally animated it has, by and large, already succeeded.

Blair’s revolution has come and gone, and with it a world where anything about its core tenets could be recognized as dynamic or modern. With neoliberalism now firmly embedded as the lingua franca of British politics, there remains little for its present-day adherents on the center right and center left to do beyond try to put lipstick on the proverbial pig of an order to which they have already surrendered. (The only other course available is to fall back on old slogans, reflexes, and habits — a fact that explains why the Starmer leadership has found its few moments of genuine energy in fighting or smearing the Left.) To this end, they debate empty catchphrases and microscopic differences of policy, trading in vague narratives about how British capitalism might be rebranded to seem ever so slightly less cruel."

https://jacobinmag.com/2021/05/keir-starmer-bbc-meltdown-labour-election-hartlepool

After last week’s calamitous election for the Labour Party, party leader Keir Starmer was asked to explain his “vision” for Britain. His humiliating inability to answer the question was a window into the hollowness of Britain’s center.

"A minister in Margaret Thatcher's government in the 1980s has revealed that UK intelligence services used to brief him ...
19/03/2021
Police Spies Told a Minister Where Left-Wing Trade Unionists Go on Holiday

"A minister in Margaret Thatcher's government in the 1980s has revealed that UK intelligence services used to brief him on where trade unionists would go on holiday.

"The remarks are being seen as confirmation of a long-held suspicion that undercover police spying on trade unionists was sanctioned by the government."

Politicians and campaigners say that the remarks confirm the long-held suspicion that police spying was sanctioned by the top levels of government.

"Elected on a promise to modernise France, Emmanuel Macron has revealed what the political centre looks like in practice...
10/03/2021
The Last Neoliberal

"Elected on a promise to modernise France, Emmanuel Macron has revealed what the political centre looks like in practice – a war on workers, authoritarian demagogy and a further emboldening of the far-right."

Elected on a promise to modernise France, Emmanuel Macron has revealed what the political centre looks like in practice – a war on workers, authoritarian demagogy and a further emboldening of the far-right.

The Museum of Neoliberalism has been closed for almost a year but we still hope to reopen once it's safe.Until then you ...
19/02/2021

The Museum of Neoliberalism has been closed for almost a year but we still hope to reopen once it's safe.

Until then you can help chip in towards our ongoing rent costs by getting some merch, including an exceedingly 70s pleather bookmark, a Blair Xmas card, or a postcard of Delta's infamous anti-union ad.

Available here: www.spellingmistakescostlives.com/product-page/museum-of-neoliberalism-merchandise

The Museum of Neoliberalism has been closed for almost a year but we still hope to reopen once it's safe.

Until then you can help chip in towards our ongoing rent costs by getting some merch, including an exceedingly 70s pleather bookmark, a Blair Xmas card, or a postcard of Delta's infamous anti-union ad.

Available here: www.spellingmistakescostlives.com/product-page/museum-of-neoliberalism-merchandise

"In 1979, Margaret Thatcher rose to power aiming to build a free-market Britain. One of her first ambitions was NHS refo...
06/12/2020
How Thatcher Unleashed the NHS Outsourcing Wave

"In 1979, Margaret Thatcher rose to power aiming to build a free-market Britain. One of her first ambitions was NHS reform – and she set in motion the outsourcing machine that still undermines the health service today."

In 1979, Margaret Thatcher rose to power aiming to build a free-market Britain. One of her first ambitions was NHS reform – and she set in motion many of the process that still undermine the health service today.

"Neoliberalism has been neatly described by William Davies, a professor at Goldsmiths College, as “the disenchantment of...
11/11/2020
The US was lucky to get Trump – Biden may pave the way for a more competent autocrat | George Monbiot

"Neoliberalism has been neatly described by William Davies, a professor at Goldsmiths College, as “the disenchantment of politics by economics”. It sees politics as an ineffective or illegitimate means of social improvement. Decision-making should be transferred to “the market”, a euphemism for the power of money. Through buying and selling, we establish a natural hierarchy of winners and losers. Any attempt to interfere in the discovery of this natural order – such as taxing the rich, redistributing wealth and regulating business – will inhibit social progress.

Neoliberalism disenchants politics by sucking the power out of people’s votes. When governments abandon their ambition to change social outcomes or deliver social justice, politics become irrelevant to people’s lives. It is perceived as the chatter of a remote elite. Disenchantment becomes disempowerment.

Before neoliberalism triggered the financial crash of 2008, its doctrines were treated as orthodoxy across the political spectrum. Obama had a chance to break from this cage, to confront the powers that “the market” disguised and the social divisions it caused. But he chose not to take it. Grace and decency alone cannot defeat structural injustice.

Trump stormed into the political vacuum. Chaotic and unscrupulous, in some respects he offended the neoliberal consensus, ripping up trade agreements, while in others he reinforced it. But the important point is that he was a monster the consensus created. His success was a product of the fake unity and fake healing of elite political agreement. When mainstream politics offered only humiliation and frustration, people turned to a virulent, demagogic anti-politics."

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/nov/11/us-trump-biden-president-elect

The president-elect must be willing to fight big money and redistribute wealth, says Guardian columnist George Monbiot

"By undermining the public funding base of our universities and turning students into consumers, successive governments ...
02/10/2020
How Neoliberal Reforms Led to the Student Covid Crisis

"By undermining the public funding base of our universities and turning students into consumers, successive governments lay the foundations for the student covid crisis – but it's young people who pay the costs."

By undermining the public funding base of our universities and turning students into consumers, successive governments lay the foundations for the Covid crisis – but it's young people who pay the costs.

Meet the Man Who Sold His Fate to Investors at $1 a Share
29/09/2020
Meet the Man Who Sold His Fate to Investors at $1 a Share

Meet the Man Who Sold His Fate to Investors at $1 a Share

On January 26, 2008, a 30-year-old part-time entrepreneur named Mike Merrill decided to sell himself on the open market. He divided himself into 100,000 shares and set an initial public offering price of $1 a share. Over the next 10 days, 12 of his friends and acquaintances bought 929 shares, and Me...

“A teacher tells her how “management” of a new sink has cost the school £88 a year for the past 14 years. With nine year...
09/09/2020
Nepotism, fraud, waste and cheating ... welcome to England's school system

“A teacher tells her how “management” of a new sink has cost the school £88 a year for the past 14 years. With nine years left on the PFI contact, that one sink will have cost £2,024."

A Nottingham professor has collated 3,800 examples of bad practice she says go to the heart of government. Now she has written a book

27/05/2020

The UK government's rush to reopen public spaces before the pandemic is under control is incredibly dangerous and worrying.

The museum will not be re-opening in June.

"The pandemic has also exposed the privatised care system as catastrophically unfit and ill-prepared. In 1993, 95% of ca...
27/05/2020
Tory privatisation is at the heart of the UK's disastrous coronavirus response | George Monbiot

"The pandemic has also exposed the privatised care system as catastrophically unfit and ill-prepared. In 1993, 95% of care at home was provided publicly by local authorities. Now, almost all of it – and almost all residential care – is provided by private companies. Even before the pandemic, the system was falling apart, as many care companies, unable to balance the needs of their patients with the demands of their shareholders, collapsed, often with disastrous consequences.

Now we discover just how dangerous their commercial imperatives have become, as the drive to make care profitable has created a fragmented, incoherent system, answerable sometimes to offshore owners, that fails to meet basic standards, and employs harassed workers on zero-hour contracts."

From PPE to care homes, this crisis has exposed the pernicious role of corporate power in public policy, says Guardian columnist George Monbiot

26/05/2020
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15/05/2020
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#MuseumFromHome
30/04/2020

#MuseumFromHome

Cross-section of the wall at Grenfell Tower, a display at the Museum of Neoliberalism I co-curated with Gavin Grindon, which opened in Brighton and London last year.

I'll post the text from the captions in the comments

www.museumofneoliberalism.com

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Dog Section Press
24/04/2020

Dog Section Press

Lewisham knows

16/04/2020
The PFI Game @ Museum of Neoliberalism

A display from the Museum of Neoliberalism. Temporarily closed due to coronavirus.

Partial dismantling of the NHS has already begun. ‘Private Finance Initiatives’ were introduced by John Major and Tony Blair in the 1990s. Private companies build and maintain infrastructure, which is then leased by the state for regular repayments. Our tax money to pay for the NHS is funnelled, by PFI, to these companies.

Above you can see examples of actual prices charged to the NHS by private contractors for individual items. The total build cost for NHS PFI hospitals was £11.4bn. The final price we will pay is projected to be over £79bn.

Neoliberal policy has also gifted these companies with generous tax cuts. They regularly hold their gains in offshore tax havens. NHS Trusts are often unable to afford the high repayments. PFI firms have seen huge profits. Hospitals have seen closures, redundancies, pay cuts and longer working hours. These financial matters may seem distant and abstract, but they will be felt directly in your body. If you need medical help, PFIs have ensured you a longer wait to be seen by a doctor and a drastically reduced treatment service.

The PFI debt is four times the size of the budget deficit used to justify austerity.


Museum of Neoliberalism
curated by Darren Cullen and Gavin Grindon
www.museumofneoliberalism.com

Video music by musicmaniac301

31/03/2020
Museum of Neoliberalism's cover photo
24/03/2020

Museum of Neoliberalism's cover photo

Please stay home
20/03/2020

Please stay home

Added a banner outside my studio/Museum of Neoliberalism (it's closed and I'm the only one here) - please don't go out this weekend. Stay home and help beat this thing.

Been debating if I should temporarily cover the 'tories out' sign to avoid confusion, as tories need to stay in too.

#stayhome #staythef**khome
#coronavirus #covid19UK

12/03/2020

The Museum of Neoliberalism will be closed tomorrow & for the rest of the month. The government response to the #CoronavirusPandemic has been weak and dangerous and we don't want to contribute to an escalating problem. Sorry if you had a visit planned! Will be emailing all bookings today.

11/03/2020

"We are all Keynesians now" - Milton Friedman

#Budget2020

Book free tickets now: www.museumofneoliberalism.com
26/02/2020

Book free tickets now: www.museumofneoliberalism.com

Hornby Virgin Train set boxes on display at the Museum of Neoliberalism

I co-curated the museum with Gavin Grindon and it is open every Thurs-Sunday, just book a free ticket at museumofneoliberalism.com ⁠

#museumofneoliberalism #neoliberalism #virgin #richardbranson

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A small, free museum about how an obscure and extreme ideological cult of the 1970s rose to power and now shapes our lives in dramatic and often terrible ways.


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Any idea when the museum will be re-opening? :)
Really interesting: Should be made mandatory for schools, colleges and universities! Too bad you didn't have the "Ban the Queen" as a postcard motive... I didn't want to disturb you, so I didn't ask any questions, but I'd love to have your views on Brexit & Labour... Last month's "Le Monde Diplomatique" had an interesting take on why some Labour counties in the North voted for the Tories: Some working-class voters said they hated the Tories, but they were they only ones that would respect their leave choice... Of course, I've also heard of "Lexit" as an anti neo-liberalism approach, but, as a Canadian living in Germany, Brexit still seems to have somewhat of a xenophobic aftertaste...
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