Research / Working Papers

Neoliberalism, freedom, and oil

This post is the second in the series of papers I wrote for my Ecological Economics class. This time I analyze the relationships between the rise of neo-liberalism in the US from WWII and oil, mostly through a review of Tim Mitchell’s “Carbon Democracy” and references to Karl Polanyi’s “The Great Transformation“.

My conclusions relate to US’s neoliberal economics biggest fallacy: that the only way to sustain its fictional system based in self-regulating free markets and individual choice requires immense and direct government intervention in markets to secure a limitless flow of cheap energy in the form of oil.

You can find the full paper here.


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