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Neoliberalism assumes that competition is the defining characteristic of human relations. It also redefines people as consumers, whose interactions can only be understood in terms of “buying” and “selling”, whereas their psychological needs are never taken into account. There is never any questioning of who benefits from “the market” and who’s left behind. After all “the market” is there to make sure that everyone gets what they “deserve”. The mechanisms of rising inequality are never questioned. Unearned (passive) income is seen as clever. Monopolies arise and there are no tools to break them down. Capitalist societies are transformed into neo-feudalist ones, communities disintegrate, loneliness prevails, social darwinists get to become ministers, and democracy is reduced to pantomime.

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