Lecture 10 POLS2402 (Conservative critique of globalization & neo-mercantilism)

Lecture 10 POLS2402 (Conservative critique of globalization & neo-mercantilism)

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POLS2402 Lecture 10: The state and industry: 12.10.2011 neo-mercantilism and the conservative critique of globalization The links between conservatism, industry policy and globalization John Gray. 1998. False dawn: the delusions of global capitalism . New York: The New Press. John Gray. 2003. ‘A very short history of the global free market’ in Al Qaeda and what it means to be modern . London: John Gray. 2007. Black mass: apocalyptic religion and the death of utopia . London: Allen Lane (Penguin). John Gray. 2009. Gray’s anatomy: selected writings . London: Allen Lane (Penguin). John Ralston Saul. 1993. Voltaire’s bastards: the dictatorship of reason in the west . New York: Vintage. John Ralston Saul. 2005. The collapse of globalism and the reinvention of the world . London: Viking/Penguin. Ha-Joon Chang. 2010. 23 Things they don’t tell you about capitalism London: Allen Lane (Penguin). Conceptions of conservatism popular, principled Scruton, Saul, Gray, Polanyi, Nietzsche, Gréau Ha-Joon Chang and contemporary mercantilism (regularizing the relationship between the state and industry)
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Conservatism: 1 no utopianism, no grand plans, no correct theory; idea that problems can be eliminated is a delusion. 2 distrust of ‘progress’ or convergence; anti universalism; anti-rationalist (≠ ‘the illusions of the Enlightenment’) 3 rejection of ‘lifeless abstractions of liberalism’ 4 human reason seen as weak basis for judgement 5 imperfectability of human affairs, scepticism about ‘betterment’ schemes 6 never concede hegemony to the institutions of the market (but use it where it works) 7 organic view of society (though not an organic national community) 8 ‘conservative statecraft’ should try to mitigate (make endurable) the ‘natural sorrows of human life’ 9 hostility to liberalism’s supposition that contract binds society (and to libertarian licence) 10 11 respect for tradition (which may be fragile) and religion (humanity relies on myths/ illusions) 12 preserve common culture, allegiances and morality (despite ‘diversity of histories’) 13 coherence, self-confidence, stability seen as desirable 14 preserve primacy of political order (though public institutions must have clear objectives) 15 limited character of politics/ government 16 belief in intermediary institutions (not the state) with their own internal purposes 17 acknowledge interdependence of humans, but acceptance of ‘intractable idiosyncrasy’ 18 19 happiness seen as a matter of chance (cannot be engineered) 20 protect the vulnerable; compassion but not egalitarianism and collectivism 21 paternalism, not privatization, in social policy (and national standards in education etc) 22 culture of responsibility must be transmitted to children (and the future) 23 conservatism is not a philosophy of capitalism
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Lecture 10 POLS2402 (Conservative critique of globalization & neo-mercantilism)

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