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    NEO LIBERALISM MAKES YOU NUTS Well ones thing for sure Oliver James must be doing something right he's obviously irritated some individual enough for them to post five 1 star reviews of his book Needless to say not one of which would appear to have the resulted from an actual reading of the book well maybe they read the blurb on the back cover? The Selfish Capitalist is a post script to his earlier Affluenza and contains further thoughts and data related to the effects of what James calls selfish capitalism or less a synonym for Neo Liberalism on our societies He also reflects on what other writers and political thinkers from Karl Marx to David Harvey have had to say about his area of investigation the links between the mental health of individuals and the economic organization of societyIn line with orthodox thinking on Neo Liberalism James asserts that selfish capitalism is a phenomenon that has risen to prominence in the English speaking world since the 1970's While it has been a growing phenomena in other developed and non developed countries it is in the developed economies of the English speaking world that it goes deepest into the fabric our societies Using data from WHO studies and other sources he demonstrates a clear correlation between income ineuality one of the pertinent and pernicious features of Neo Liberal economies and emotional distress For the English speaking world Britain US Canada New Zealand Australia the average incidence of emotional distress in the last 12 months is 216% nearly double the level of other countries Japan Germany Italy Spain Belgium Netherlands and France that average 115%James uestions the standard shoulder shrugging view that is disproportionately popular amongst those on the right that mental health problems are in large part of genetic origin The evidence he cites seem to indicate that this link is greatly exaggerated and environmental factors are of crucial importance He also presents a variety of data on related issues that raises serious uestions about how our society is structured vis à vis materialism and how this effects our mental well being One interesting fact he brings up is that the greater part of the growth of economies and household income in the Selfish Capitalist world results from an increase in second earners and hours workedThe few people whom I have known that work in Psychology seem to get bogged down in their own specialty for a whole variety of reasons They appear to be shy certainly in their professional capacity about making explicit links to the bigger picture of how society is organized With that in mind it is refreshing to hear a professional psychologist discussing these issues in a holistic manner and not avoiding issues that are generally seen to be in the political realmJames makes clear that there are elements of his thinking that he is pretty convinced of and others that he is fairly sure of but does appreciate that research is needed to confirm his and others hypothesis and provide a detailed picture Despite the in part tentative nature of his findings this is a fascinating book A strong case is made for the need to uestion the manner in which our society is developing and the values it promotes if it is serious about the mental well being and real development of all people rather than peculiarly attending to the interests to uote Adam Smith of the few whose wealth has risen geometrically while for most earners wages have barely risen at all In common with his earlier works it is written in an accessible manner for those who are not academic psychologists For those with a phobia of statistics they should be reassured that they are explained in a clear and straightforward way and have been leavened with a healthy dose of anecdotal material for further clarity Well worth reading


  2. says:

    James attempts to critiue positive thinking but concludes his book with something that looks rather like it Sooner or later a politician or party will emerge who offers a radical alternative to the hollow materialism of the present lot This isn't dialectics because James understands nothing of negation He doesn't want us all organising against capitalism now he wants everyone to passively wait for some hierarchical leadership to emerge from somewhere perhaps from Bakunin's 'lower depths' to tame the excesses of capitalist system in order to save discredited capitalism So like a 19th century Russian nihilist or 20th century Bolshevik but with even less panache James gives us the old idealist fallacy of Holy Spirit descending into unconscious matter of 'consciousness being brought in from outside' His poorly written nonsense is designed to appeal to the same status threatened anxious and reactionary middle class morons who waste their time on cretins like Alain de Botton


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    Half of the book is references but they aren’t cited in the actual text So you see things like “A study found that ” with no citation and little information on the researchThe writer doesn’t seem to have much knowledge of feminism He seems to be under the impression that feminism is pro capitalism and states that feminists wanted women to aspire to be like men in skirtsI put the view that men and women have never got on worse in the history of the worldMore nonsenseIn two thirds of cases it was the wife now assertive who filed for divorce with abusive behaviour by husbands probably increasingAnother possibility divorce becoming easier to obtain and commonplace means women can easily divorce abusive husbands now The rate of serious intimate partner violence against females declined by 72% between 1994 2011 source The basic argument behind this book is this People in the UK and the US are likely to suffer from emotional distress than mainland Europeans in part due to Thatcherite and Reaganite politics eg the loss of job security That alone sounds like an interesting topic for a book Unfortunately the writer jumps from topic to topic and sometimes they don't seem to have much relevance For example there's a section about girls with absent fathers starting puberty earlier What? This is not what I signed up for Sentences like this are eye roll worthyThe travails of post feminist modern womanhood are many and irksome from the role strain created by motherhood and careers to the pressure to look like Maria SharapovaThis made me pauseMale American secondary school and university teachers have higher divorce rates than primary school teachers The higher rate was ascribed to the contrast the men were experiencing between the nubility of their pupils and the relative undesirability of their wives causing dissatisfactionThere's a lot to unpack with this paragraph Firstly correlation causation I found this whole idea dubious at best how can they possibly come to this conclusion with any assuredness? did they ask male teachers about this?The study isn't cited so I just googled it for informationalthough male high school teachers and college professors may or may not be likely to get a divorce than othersWhat? So they're not actually likely divorced may or may not be likely they are statistically significantly slower to remarry or likely not to remarry subseuent to their divorce We believe that there are two possible interpretations for this finding First subseuent to divorce male teachers and professors may remain unmarried because they prefer to pursue a series of affairs with female students without marrying them Second they may remain unmarried because due to the cumulative contrast effect any adult woman they might meet and date after their divorce would still pale in comparison to the young attractive women with whom they come in daily contactSounds like a lot of nonsense and guesswork male teachers don't get married because they're too busy having sex with their students Then I noticed the name Satoshi KanazawaAfter the talk of studies in the first 60% or so we get to casual conspiracy theories which are again jarring because they seem unrelated to the topic of the book Given the number of other books by ex agents since then suggesting such things did and do go on it is at least possible that Roldós Aguilera was bumped offThere are some reasonable ideasConsumption causes the pathology partly because it holds up the false promise that fixing an internal lack can be done by an external means and partly because the process of working by which we earn the money to pay for the goods is itself alienatingIt would have been nice to see this expanded uponThere's a large section devoted to the effects of materialism Materialism is linked with depression low self esteem unrealistic goals poorer relationships etc Again a lot of the claims seemed exaggerated it wasn't clear where this research was coming from so there was no chance to check it independently


  4. says:

    I'm still processing this book On the one hand I loved how it included feminist issues and language in his analysis On the other it made a few too many broad stroke claims with too many elements that I don't think can be as easily established agreed upon and tested as he suggested As with anyone who does the same I appreciated his own self criticism reflection on the shortcomings he could account for it strengthens one's argument often than notI'm not springing to read the preuel given that this one is suppose to explain much of the even broader strokes of the prior one so I'm reasonably confident I won't find in it the pieces I find missing from this one But there's a better than good shot I'll read the follow up if he tackles it on It certainly gave lots of food for thoughts and expressed ideas that have floated around my own mind always nice to know I'm not the only one with such insatiable knee jerk reflections on certain aspects of the English speaking dominated worldI'd love to discuss it with others who have read it


  5. says:

    It's alright but it descends into ridiculous conspiracy theories


  6. says:

    great example of fitting data into a theory and terrible example of using 'data science' statistics when you don't seem to even understand how linear regression works I don't think I've spotted one counter argument which then could be refuted of course almost as if applying critical thinking would render the book worth reading but much much harder to write ; To be clear IMHO it's a bit in a style and level of a rant at a Islington pub performed by an erudite and well read academic That is we have it all repetitions opinions hearsay mixing dated 70's research with recent results made on small population of students with fictional histories eg referring stories depicted in movies isn't too convincing for me Clearly we are onto something ie we seems to have mental issues or maybe we just started diagnosing of these? and that might be caused by purely hedonistic materialistic live style or by access to communication tools allowing us to see clearly how we have always been? but to discuss that is one thing whilst blaming politicians and 'reach' for coordinated and deliberate actions to drive society into that ditch sounds to me a bit to far fetched Anyhow was worth a very uick scan some source research papers aren't to old and uite interesting


  7. says:

    There were some good ideas and thoughts but also a lot of very uestionable ones


  8. says:

    A very nice statistical basis for Capitalist Realism


  9. says:

    Oliver James who is a psychologist turned writer and social commentator sets out in this book to persuade the reader that the economic policies practised over the past thirty to forty years by the governments of the English speaking nations have caused a considerable increase in the levels of emotional distress experienced by the peoples of these nationsWhile the author presents much interesting information in support of his views I felt that his grasp of the intricacies of economic theory and practice was weak and often naive Also I freuently felt oppressed by the sense that I was being harangued by a demagogue with a political agenda reminiscent of Chairman's Mao's Cultural RevolutionUnder capitalism man exploits man Under communism it's just the opposite John Kenneth GalbraithIt makes no difference who you vote for the two parties are really one party representing 4 percent of the people Gore Vidal


  10. says:

    I too have a psychology degree and for the first half of the book Mr James just takes something with a grain of truth in it the basis of what he says it is in those psychology journals but then expands it to something beyond and then expands yet further so it becomes ridiculously fanciful and I wonder who is taken in by it had I not studied psychology before I fear it would have been meThe Daily Mail reviewer on the back of the book says we must listen to what Oliver James is trying to tell us after finishing the book I am wondering what that is? His message to us?He seems to be anti CBT but pro Freud now take that scientific communityTeetering on the edge of vilifying DawkinsSome sense in this book Norway's oil vs Scottish sea oil but also uite a lot of nonsense The two get muddled in and I wonder what the overall message was intended to be?


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