Colin Crouch on epochal theorising 

From pg 2 of his Strange Non-Death of Neoliberalism:

Many of the words that we today use to describe public life contain the prefixes neo-, new or post-: neoliberal, neoconservative, New Labour, postindustrial, postmodern, post-democratic. We seem determined to show that we are people busily involved in momentous systemic change, but we are not sure what new state we have entered, so we name ourselves in terms of what we are leaving behind (post-concepts) or hint vaguely at renewal and innovation (neo-concepts).

One response to “Colin Crouch on epochal theorising ”

  1. Fair enough, but the neo-, new-, post-, prefix often serves, not to mark progress, but rather to insult. Neo-lib thus has all the faults of liberalism only more so, post-modernism is like modernism but worse

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