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Imagining the future in bailout capitalism

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  09 November 2023

Martijn Konings*
University of Sydney, Australia
Corresponding author: Martijn Konings, School ofSocial and Political Sciences, University of Sydney, NSW 2006, Australia.
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The interface of political economy with arts and literature has become dominated by a particular image: capital's Grinch-like theft of the future. But this image overlooks the peculiar temporal structure of neoliberalism, which renews its broken promises by making up ever more excuses for the past. Contemporary bailout society requires a form of critique that acknowledges these dynamics, that targets the way capital reconstructs our relationship to the past.

Forum: Edges of the financial imagination
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