The human life exchange rate mechanism: liberal rights, double binds, the West, & the rest

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Abstract

In our neoliberal societies, elites like to quantify the worth of human lives in various ways. A telling example is per capita GDP (Gross Domestic Product) that determines the economic contribution each citizen makes to a nation.

Such a view gives succor to Social Darwinists and free-market right-wingers. If some lives are more valuable than others in this formulation then why should those of lower value be aided by the wider community? While few elite figures today would say things like this out loud, similar calculi tacitly inform many political decisions.
Original languageEnglish
Pages42
Number of pages1
No.409
Specialist publicationThe Fifth Estate
Publication statusPublished - 20 May 2021

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    Tom Sykes (Presented paper), Joseph Scalice (Presented paper), Walden Bello (Presented paper), Oscar Campomanes (Presented paper) & Roderick Galam (Chair)

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