Nina Power interviews Chantal Mouffe, Professor of Political Theory at the University of Westminster, for the New Statesman about, amongst other things, the public sphere and the financial crisis:
What I have in mind is not simply a space for the expression of any kind of disagreement, but a confrontation betweenconflicting notions about how to organise society. This does not exist in Britain at the moment, because no political party clearly challenges the hegemony of neoliberalism. There are, of course, disagreements about a variety of issues, but what is lacking is a debate about possible alternatives to the current neoliberal model of globalisation. We have been told by advocates of New Labour that politics now takes place at the centre and that the categories of right and left have become obsolete…
There was a moment at the beginning of the financial crisis when it seemed that the hegemony of neoliberalism had received a serious blow. After decades of being demonised, the state was suddenly called to the rescue. However, instead of implementing redistributive policies, the intervention of the state has been limited to rescuing the banks. There is, though, a positive aspect. I think there is an increasing awareness that the current model of development is unsustainable.
Read the full interview here.
Chantal Mouffe’s The Democratic Paradox is published in the latest set of Verso’s Radical Thinkers series. Her other books include Return of the Political in Set 2, and Hegemony & Socialist Strategy: Towards a Radical Democratic Politics with Ernesto Laclau.
The fourth set of the series will be launched on 26 November at Tate Britain by a panel discussion entitled DON’T LOOK BACK: RADICAL THINKERS AND THE ARTS SINCE 1909
On the 100th anniversary of the Futurism Manifesto, join critical thinkers TERRY EAGLETON, SIMON CRITCHLEY, KATE SOPER, EYAL WEIZMAN and CHAIR ALBERTO TOSCANO in exploring a century of radical thinking and the arts – and debating what lies ahead. The recent Futurism exhibition at Tate Modern reminds us of an age when politics and aesthetics were densely interwoven in an explosive rejection of the past. This distinguished panel will assess the legacy of modernism to ask how today’s radical thinkers might understand the role of the arts at the dawn of the twenty first century and beyond.
Nina Power is a Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at Roehampton University, author of One-Dimensional Woman and blogger. Venture into “the chaos of a still unrevealed nosography” at her blog infinite thought…