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Lecture: U.S. Neoliberal Agenda for Iraq

Outline

  1. Iraqi economy

Main sources

Naomi Klein, Baghdad Year Zero, Harper’s, September 2004

. Iraq’s Neoliberal; Institution, Herbert Docena, Foreign Policy in Focus, Sept. 2, 2005

Argues that original project was a laboratory for a totally neoliberal economy, model to spread through middle east

Neoliberal—unregulated capitalism—liberal in 18th, 19th century meaning of the term

Market determination of prices, little public production—privatization of goods and services, Cut government spending—

Low taxes, particularly on capital, free trade,  encouragement of foreign investment, convertibility of currency; no restrictions on capital flows. Pushed by IMF since 1970’s, by U.S. government since early 1980’s. Sometimes called the Washington Consensus.

Theory, efficient, capital, technology inflows, wages and production will rise over time

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Lecture: U.S. Neoliberal Agenda for Iraq

Reflections on Vietnam Anti-War Movement

Why war, why U.S. lost, Anti- Vietnam movement and lessons

Pete Bohmer, professor of economics—listen to alternative viewpoint

Still little understanding today by most people, confusion—why U.S. fought the Vietnam war–ask class? friends, family;  mistake; well intentioned; press and politicians stopped victory, stabbed in the back, restrained…

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Reflections on Vietnam Anti-War Movement

Thoughts on Globalization – 2002

“Globalization refers to the process of reducing barriers between countries and encourages closer economic, social and political interaction” ( Tabb, Monthly Review magazine, Feb. 1999) emphasizes cross border flows of goods, money, etc. End of geography, death of distance—focus on technologies of transport and communication—focus on flows of goods, services, money; fax machines, mobility of capital-global village–Castells, Robert Reich …

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Thoughts on Globalization – 2002