By Anita Chari
Anita Chari revives the main notion of reification from Marx and the Frankfurt institution to focus on the resistance to neoliberal capitalism now forming on the point of political economic climate and the extra sensate, experiential point of subjective transformation. interpreting paintings by way of Oliver Ressler, Zanny Begg, Claire Fontaine, Jason Lazarus, and Mika Rottenberg, in addition to the politics of Occupy Wall highway, Chari identifies practices during which artists and activists have challenged neoliberalism's social and political logics. by means of positioning the topic in uncomfortable or most unlikely destinations of hope, sensible orientation, and remark, such practices reveal neoliberal capitalism's inherent tensions and contradictions.
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In this chapter I argue that an eﬀective analysis of neoliberalism demands an understanding of the ambivalent relationship between the neoliberal state and the economic sphere in contemporary society and of the forms of depoliticization generated by this ambivalence. In subsequent chapters of the book, I will theorize these forms of depoliticization through the concept of reiﬁcation from the critical theory tradition. While I save a systematic analysis of the concept of reiﬁcation for subsequent chapters, in this chapter I draw attention to salient features of neoliberalism that complicate existing frameworks in political theory for understanding the nature of neoliberal domination and the contours of political resistance to those forms of domination.
45 Far more insidious are the opaque forms of corporate inﬂuence on the state that go beyond lobbying. Crouch identiﬁes four primary processes in which corporations now increasingly eﬀect inﬂuence “inside the chamber”: 1. through transnational corporations; 2. through economic theories of competition that prioritize consumer “welfare” over consumer choice and thus ultimately result in the reduction of market competition; 3. through the ascendance of “new public management” systems, a branch of neoliberal policy theory that seeks to remedy supposed ineﬃciencies in government institutions by modeling them along the pattern of corporations; 4.
This increased marketization took the form of the reduction of government spending in order to promote private investment, as well as the deregulation of economic, primarily ﬁnancial, activities. The key point I want to highlight here is the way in which this shift from the welfare state to the neoliberal competition state aﬀected the relationship between economics and politics. It is crucially important to see that deregulation does not actually remove the state’s inﬂuence on the economy, it simply changes the form in which the state impacts the economy and renders the relationship between the state and economy increasingly opaque.