Whose status quo?

Consider those who are stopped short by “the unimaginability of any alternative to the neoliberal status quo.” Surely that’s a glove pulled inside-out. Neoliberalism generates such contingency and uncertainty as to undermine any status quo. It’s “the” status quo as has been understood that is unimaginable.

And here’s what’s helpful in that realization. When have status quo’s ever been as real in practice as they are in theory? To paraphrase the international relations theorist, Hans Morgenthau: Excuse me, but just what status quo have the people committed themselves to? They haven’t, and that must be the place to start, irrespective of what systems are said to do on their own.

Appeals to anything like prolonged stability in the midst of collectively-evident turbulence have to be read symptomatically, if they are be of value to something as complicated as actually-existing betterment.

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