DSG wrote in Ten growth markets for crisis:
a return to social-democratic social models is simply unfeasible – not for economic reasons (although such an argument holds considerable weight) but for socio-political reasons. What built and sustained the welfare state was a model of social-democratic political organisation which simply does not exist anymore. A large part of its dismemberment was undertaken by the neoliberal market reforms after 1979, but we have yet to accept that it was also being eroded by demands coming from within the working-class – demands of social liberalisation, increased personal autonomy and a rejection of the fetishisation of work, or indeed work itself – which traditional structures of class organisation could not deliver without breaking up their own bureaucratic structures.
There were quite a few articles that made this point last year when critiquing Occupy's social democratic elements, but I can't find them... How was social democracy undermined, to what extent and by whom? I'm assuming that's the whole situationist/ autonomist marxist thing... but the UK didn't really experience anything on that scale did it?
Also, in the VULGAR KEYNESIANISMZ edition of the Novara show, they claim that the rhetoric/ spirit of this undermining of social democracy was hijacked by neo-liberalism. Is that true?