Neoliberalism promised freedom instead it delivers stifling control | George Monbiot

Creeping privatisation is rolling back the state to create a new, absolutist bureaucracy that destroys efficiency, says Guardian columnist George Monbiot My life was saved last year by the Churchill Hospital in Oxford, through a skilful procedure to privatise the hospitals cancer scanning. They complained that the scanners the private company was offering were less sensitive than the hospitals own machines. Privatisation, they said, would put patients at risk. In response, neoliberalism was supposed to have allowed autonomy and creativity to flourish. Instead, it has delivered a semi-privatised authoritarianism more oppressive than the system it replaced. Workers find themselves enmeshed in a Bureaucracy, published in 1944, he argued that there could be no accommodation between capitalism and socialism. The creation …