In todays discussion I couldn’t stop and wonder about a theory that I’ve been learning about in one of my other classes, neo-liberalism. Neo- liberalism stresses the privatization of anything that is public such as land, oil, water etc. It advocates cuts in welfare, less government involvement and favors world trade. Yet the most important aspect of it is privatization. Since I read Lauren’s blog post last week, I’ve realized in reading that there is no mention of a government in The Year of the Flood.The only organization we here about that could resemble a government is CorpsSec Corps. This is a private company that controls a majority of what happens in the novel. It took the place of the government. So this got me thinking. Could Neo-liberalism lead to this outcome? Is our world heading towards no government, and only private companies controlling everything? It could also mean that the government and private companies meshed together to form one entity. This wouldn’t particularly go along with what Neo-liberalism stands for since it strives to dissociative the government from their dealings.

I still wonder what if Atwood was hinting in her novel that our world could end up like the one in her novel. Could companies privatize everything as far as our government? What’s alarming is that this economic concept is not just popular in The United States, but in other nations as well, since this theory favors those typically in power. This is just something to think about. Crazy how many of the underlying topics and themes in science fiction novels in context can be so true of the world/society we live in today.


One response to “Neo-Liberalism

  1. We’ve really not touched on capitalism much in relation to this book, but it’s a running theme and you are spot-on in this assessment — it does seem like she’s going after corporatisation and privatisation. We don’t have government presented as either a ruling body OR a provider of services to the population … just CorpSeCorps. And neoliberalism (in its various iterations) has been a hotly contested issue in many societies. Well worth thinking about!


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