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Family Values An Investigation Of The Roots Of The Alliance Between Free Market Neoliberals And Social Conservatives.Why Was The Discourse Of Family Values So Pivotal To The Conservative And Free Market Revolution Of The 1980s And Why Has It Continued To Exert Such A Profound Influence On American Political Life Why Have Free Market Neoliberals So Often Made Common Cause With Social Conservatives On The Question Of Family, Despite Their Differences On All Other Issues In This Book, Melinda Cooper Challenges The Idea That Neoliberalism Privileges Atomized Individualism Over Familial Solidarities, And Contractual Freedom Over Inherited Status Delving Into The History Of The American Poor Laws, She Shows How The Liberal Ethos Of Personal Responsibility Was Always Undergirded By A Wider Imperative Of Family Responsibility And How This Investment In Kinship Obligations Is Recurrently Facilitated The Working Relationship Between Free Market Liberals And Social Conservatives.Neoliberalism, She Argues, Must Be Understood As An Effort To Revive And Extend The Poor Law Tradition In The Contemporary Idiom Of Household Debt As Neoliberal Policymakers Imposed Cuts To Health, Education, And Welfare Budgets, They Simultaneously Identified The Family As A Wholesale Alternative To The Twentieth Century Welfare State And As The Responsibility For Deficit Spending Shifted From The State To The Household, The Private Debt Obligations Of Family Were Defined As Foundational To Socioeconomic Order Despite Their Differences, Neoliberals And Social Conservatives Were In Agreement That The Bonds Of Family Needed To Be Encouraged And At The Limit Enforced As A Necessary Counterpart To Market Freedom.In A Series Of Case Studies Ranging From Bill Clinton S Welfare Reform To The AIDS Epidemic And From Same Sex Marriage To The Student Loan Crisis, Cooper Explores The Key Policy Contributions Made By Neoliberal Economists And Legal Theorists Only By Restoring The Question Of Family To Its Central Place In The Neoliberal Project, She Argues, Can We Make Sense Of The Defining Political Alliance Of Our Times, That Between Free Market Economics And Social Conservatism.


10 thoughts on “Family Values

  1. says:

    Absolutely tremendous an intellectual history that is genuinely ground breaking Future histories or analyses of neoliberalism which fail to reckon with the book s central argument about the fundamental importance of the family and not just the individual to neoliberalism will be seriously ham...


  2. says:

    The book is primarily an intellectual history, synthesizing connections between neoliberalism, neo conservatism and the idea of traditional families.That s right The central thesis of the book is that neoliberalism should be understood as seeing the traditional family as the necessary and proper fundamental unit of a well functioning community.Not the atomized, narcissistic and solitary individual homo economicus it s supposed to fetishize Hot take indeed.

    Quoting Gary Becker

    Becker argues that the familial incentive toward altruism is as central to the constitution of the free market as the utilitarian incentive of self interested exchange.The nature of the family altruism in some sense represents an internal exception to the free market, an immanent order of noncontractual obligations and inalienable services without which the world of contract would cease to function.This premise is so constitutive of economic liberalism, both classical and neoliberal, that it is rarely articulated as such.Yet it explains why, in Wendy Brown s words, private family values constitute the secret underside of liberal contractualism

    we can see the connection between neoliberalism and neoconservatism

    Neo liberals are particularly concerned about the enormous social costs that derive from the breakdown of th...


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    This is a really unique take on contemporary cultural politics and macroeconomics, because Cooper locates a conservative role for the nuclear family unit as the key ideological plank assumption of both neoliberal political economy and new social conservatism a loose alliance of neoconservatives, Evangelicals, and others on the post New Deal right She argues that the belief in the family as a moral and economic unit underpins both philosophies albeit in different ways and that this united assumption allows the two ideological strands to work together toward shared goals.The new social conservative obsession with family values is much obvious, as their pro fatherhood, anti gay, anti permissive society role in the culture wars is well known Out of a moral sense of tradition and a conservative fear that the old values nostalgically viewed through rose tinted glasses which brought ethical order were being undone, especially during the 1960s The neoliberal investment in the family is subtle, but no less pervasive Cooper argues that the neoliberal focus on family is grounded not in moral values, but in economic ones, because the state can offload the costs of social welfare onto families eliminating or reducing, for instance, social security and thereby forcing families to support the elderly and to save for individual retirement as opposed to relying on the state, or introducing a credit based system for higher education ...


  4. says:

    This book opened my eyes to the important function of inherited wealth within a capitalist society While reading it, I also went and found some interviews with members of New Zealand s multi millionaire and billionaire families, most of them identify as liberals and go on about how they support individualism Meanwhile, they transfer wealth between one another tax free via inheritance, trusts, and gifts, and make conscious efforts to share only between blood relatives Within their family corporations and firms, their children are given the top jobs and eventually take over The Todd Corporation, of the Todd family worth 3.6bn, does not permit anyone who is not a blood relative of their ancestor, Charles Todd, to hold shares in the corporation Yet members of this wealthy family still call themselves liberals and talk of individualism Further, most of New Zealand s super rich families vocally detest taxes, the welfare state, and redistributive government policy Instead, they commit to a little bit of philanthropy As Cooper explains, the Charity Organisation Society COS was developed in the 19th century as a pro business think tank, its aim was to stop the government s distribution of welfare and poor relief, and instead give business and charities the job of distinguishing between the deserving and undeservin...


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    I thought that I knew a lot about neoliberalism, but Family Values transformed my understanding of it as an ideology and a political program Each chapter covers a different aspect of social policy welfare, health insurance, education , but if there is one theme that connects them all, it s the deep complementarity between neoliberal concerns about moral hazard lax government policies creating incentives for risky or perverse behavior and the desire of social conservatives to restore the authority of traditional institutions like the family and the church Libertarian rhetoric about the market expanding the sphere of individual freedom to pursue a wide range of lifestyles definitely rings hollow after reading this book If there s one quibble that I have with the book, it s that Cooper doesn t really talk about race very much, and therefore misses a great opportunity to connect neoliberalism and the new social conservatism to the war on crime and the expansion of the carceral state In From the War on Poverty to the War on Crime, Elizabeth Hinton talks about how the perception that Great Society social programs undermined traditional gender roles which is a recurring motif in Family Values as a point of agreement between neoliberals and neoconservatives fueled the increasingly puni...


  6. says:

    I ve recommended this book at least a dozen times while reading it, and can t speak highly enough of Cooper s argument a landmark thesis that joins capital to culture, and shows how modern capitalist policies rely so heavily on reinforcing sex, gender, and race hierarchies Love, love, love, discussion of family law and the eerie parallels between post Reconstruction racism and Clinton s post welfare policies Fills in a lot of the cultural, domestic holes in Brenner s analysis of our midcentury golden era, as well as the motivations and fall out from the Volcker shock If you re interested in sex and gender, BLM, healthcare, labor politics, queer politics, left politics pretty much anything to do with political changes of the past half century, this book is for you This review in Dissent magazine does the book justice She covers a vast num...


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    Melinda Cooper s Family Values is a stunning and revelatory work of political, social and economic history Shattering the widely held view that American liberal politics has always revolved around the individual, Cooper charts out, in meticulous detail, the many ways in which the family unit has served to undergird and secure the freedom of the individual so commonly touted as liberalism s central philosophical plank Picking up from roughly around the time of Lyndon B Johnston s Great Society reforms of the mid 1960s, Cooper plots the way in which liberal policies slowly but surely began to array themselves against the perceived excesses of the welfare state, displacing mechanisms of state support ever upon the family unit, themselves increasingly cast as the first and in the last analysis only extra market bastion of societal support and care.While tracking alongside a story now well told among political commentators the rise and consolidation of neoliberal policy and government in the United States distinguishing Cooper s work is its attempt to tackle what ought...


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    Cooper has written an important, impressive history of how the family sutured neoliberalism and neoconservatism in US politics It s an important corrective to, and at times a damning critique of, a kind of left analysis that describes ...