Battling ‘Neoliberalism’ in Wisconsin
By Daniel C. Maguire
February 18, 2011
Editor’s Note: For a third day, protesters rallied in Wisconsin’s capital to protest a plan by the state’s new Republican governor to reduce the budget, in part, by stripping public employee unions of many collective bargaining rights.
These Wisconsin demonstrations are the first major challenge to the newly empowered Republicans and their “neoliberal” goal to slash government and to protect tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans, as Marquette Professor Daniel C. Maguire notes in this guest essay:
It has been well noted that the protest in Madison, Wisconsin, is not about the budget but about union-busting, but that is a symptom, not the root of the problem.