Organic Crisis and ›Postneoliberal‹ Tendencies
Translated from German by Ann Stafford and Anne Steckner
Meanwhile, over 20 years after Reagan and Thatcher, it is broadly acknowledged that the period of Fordism is over and that new modes of production and modes of life have developed. Depending on the theoretical approach, these developments have been characterised as a ›new production regime‹ (Dörre), a new financial market-driven regime of accumulation or even a financial market capitalism (Aglietta, Chesnais), a new post-Fordist period (Hirsch), a global empire (Hardt/Negri) or transnational high-tech capitalism (Haug) that is substantially shaped by neoliberalism (Harvey). In the final chapter of Neoliberalismus – Hochtechnologie – Hegemonie, first published in 2004, in which I tried to explain this constellation, I already concluded: “There are increasing signs of an organic crisis of neoliberalism ... these are foreshadows of ›post-neoliberalism‹.“ And indeed: for some time now, indications of a looming crisis are increasing in various areas, there are cumulations and condensations of the various crises with shorter intervals, not at the margins of the internal and external peripheries, but in the centres of neoliberal capitalism – and this is particularly shown by the turbulent developments in the course of the world economic and financial crisis (cf. Candeias 2009).
Mario Candeias, Dr. rer. pol., Chair of the Council for radical Realpolitik – the Commission for the Future of the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation, Senior Research Fellow for capitalism critique and social analysis, member of the Institute for critical theory (InkriT), editor of the journal ›Das Argument‹ and active in different social movements.