25 September, 2020

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Neoliberalism Vs. The Nation & The State: The Real Fight In Sri Lanka

By Dayan Jayatilleka – 

Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka

The main contradiction, and the main fight, in Sri Lanka today is between neoliberalism and the nation. Or more correctly between, on the one hand, the elite which is the agency of the project of neoliberal globalization and its corollary, the ideology of neoliberal globalism, and the ‘people-nation’ (Gramsci) on the other. Those who accuse the Rajapaksas of ‘neoliberalism’ do not know what neoliberalism is and isn’t. They may be ‘red’ but are not well-read.

Neoliberalism is not the capitalist market economy. Neoliberalism is not mere privatization –the crucial question being what is privatized and what is not. Neoliberalism is not the Open Economy. It is perfectly possible to practice an Open Economic policy which is not neoliberal. This is what Presidents Premadasa and Rajapaksa did.

Neoliberalism is not merely an economic policy. It cannot be understood as a checklist of economic policy measures such as privatization.

Neo-liberalism is a new stage of imperialism. It can be understood not by economics alone but through Political Economy. That too has to be understood dialectically. Lenin was the most prominent to point out that at a different stage of its development and decomposition, global capitalism abandons its progressive slogans and projects of the past. It is such an abandonment, a negation, that has found form in neoliberalism.

At the heart of neoliberalism is not a list of economic polices but precisely the questions of the Nation and the State.

At an earlier stage of history, the bourgeoisie built up the nation state including in the periphery. However, after its victory in the Cold War, imperialism adopted a policy of dismantling the state and breaking up the nation, both in the economy as well as in the political domain (national sovereignty) so as to make for unfettered flow of capital and total integration into the world capitalist economy as vassal states.

This policy, which President Putin denounced as “state degradation” at the Energy Week conference which I attended, is at the heart of neoliberal globalism.

Today the resistance and opposition to neoliberal globalization comes identifiably and generically from the Left only in a few cases, though important ones: Mexico’s Lopez Obrador and Britain’s Corbynist wing of the Labor Party. In general, however, the resistance to neoliberalism across the globe comes from Statism, Populism and Nationalism. These operate usually in some combination, to the point of overlapping and even amalgamating in many instances. The amalgam also takes divergent ideological forms—left, right and center, e.g. Mexico, Russia, USA/India.

The Rajapaksas are statists. They are also patriots or if you prefer, majoritarian nationalists. They are also populists. They stand or fall on these three legs of a tripod as it were.

These are the three reasons why they are not and by definition cannot be neoliberals or practitioners of neoliberalism. How can they retain their peasant support by permitting the abolition of land ceilings and the opening up of the land market to foreigners? How can they survive by allowing the scrapping of labor laws? How can they retain their support base by allowing the stripping of agrarian subsidies? How can they keep their popularity by allowing preferential tariffs which discriminate against local industry? How can they permit the rollback of all national boundaries and barriers which permit unfettered flow of capital and a swamping on the domestic entrepreneurs?

It is absurd to say the least to trace neoliberalism back to JR Jayewardene and forward to Mahinda Rajapaksa, because neoliberal globalization or globalization in its neoliberal stage arose only after the collapse of the socialist system and with the moment of unipolar hegemony. Until then imperialism needed the nation-state in countries outside of its home base, in order to counter the global challenge.

In Sri Lanka there have been only two leaders who have practiced neoliberalism. One was Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga, who foreignized the tea plantations whereas Premadasa, not being a neoliberal (he stood, in his words for a “carefully regulated market economy”), had only permitted local private sector firms to be granted five-year management contracts.  The other, more conspicuous neoliberal was Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, by which I mean Mr. Wickremesinghe during his two stints as Prime Minister (ably supported in this regard by Mr. Mangala Samaraweera).

In the discussion on neoliberalism, it is unconscionably naïve to ignore the fact that Mr. Wickremesinghe deviated from the policy of the UNP and affiliated that party with the International Democratic Union, of which he became a Vice President. The IDU by its own description is the world body of parties of the Right, the Center-Right and the Christian Democrats, and was co-founded by the US Republicans and UK Conservatives.

The Rajapaksas are no socialists but they do not have to be. Their economic model, just as that of President Sirisena and the SLFP, is state-led. As one of the world’s most outstanding Marxist minds (who passed away this year) Samir Amin, said in his last writings, the most successful and perhaps only viable alternative to the neoliberal model today is that of China—a model of sovereignist State capitalism. And the only alternative to neoliberal globalization today is that of a multipolar globalization centered on Eurasian interconnectedness as proposed and projected by China and Russia.

It is this thinking that led Lenin to write a century ago, of an “Advanced Asia and Backward Europe”. His view was that in Europe even the Labor parties had become enmeshed in imperialism but in Asia, even the rising bourgeoisie was opposed to imperialism. This thinking led Stalin in his typical manner to conclude that objectively speaking “The Emir of Afghanistan is more progressive than the British Labor Party”.

It is only an infantile left that assumes that neoliberalism can be defeated solely by a socialist alternative or by the Left allied with liberals or standing alone, in and of itself.

In his last published writing (‘Better Fewer, But Better’) in March 1923, Lenin was pronouncing on something far greater, more important and basic than ‘neoliberalism’ when he concluded that: “In the last analysis, the outcome of the struggle will be determined by the fact that Russia, India, China, etc., account for the overwhelming majority of the population of the globe…To ensure our existence until the next military conflict between the counter-revolutionary imperialist West and the revolutionary and nationalist East, between the most civilized countries of the world and the Orientally backward countries which, however, compromise the majority, this majority must become civilized…”

From the viewpoint of political purity or ideological puritanism, one may shudder at the nativist, even homophobically inflected streak in the discourse of the Sirisena-Rajapaksa forces, but for any tough-minded anti-imperialist this is less than relevant:

“Among these there were masses imbued with the crudest prejudices, with the vaguest and most fantastic aims of struggle…But objectively, the mass movement was breaking the back of tsarism…Inevitably, sections of the petty bourgeoisie and of the backward workers will participate in it—without such participation, mass struggle is impossible…—and just as inevitably will they bring into the movement their prejudices, their reactionary fantasies, their weaknesses and errors. But objectively they will attack capital…”

As with ‘capital’ so too, and to a greater degree with neoliberalism and neoliberal globalization. And as with Europe, so too and to a greater degree in the global South, especially Asia. What matters is objectively those who will attack it, whatever their subjective ideologies and discourses and however ‘politically incorrect’ they may be.

Fidel Castro for his part had the definitive word on neoliberalism. Margot Pepper whose book on Cuba was shortlisted for the 2006 American Book Award, quotes Fidel’s last speech at the Sao Paulo forum which he and Lula jointly founded after the USSR fell. Writing that “It [neoliberalism] is a policy Fidel warned against in the last speech I heard him pronounce live at this Forum”, she reproduces his authoritative conclusion as follows:

“Nobody can claim that objective or subjective conditions are favorable at this time for building socialism. I believe that at the present time there are other priorities… The most important battle in Latin America today is, in my opinion, to defeat neoliberalism, because if we don’t—we will disappear as independent states and will become more of a colony than the “Third World” countries ever were.”

Of the two camps in Sri Lankan politics today, the UNF led by Ranil Wickremesinghe and opposed by the convergence of President Sirisena and Prime Minister Rajapaksa, which comprises, subjectively and objectively, the agency of neoliberalism and neoliberal globalization? And which camp is objectively closer to that of the state-led Chinese model of a viable alternative to neoliberalism and neoliberal globalism, and the Russian-Chinese-Eurasian perspective of an alternative globalization?

On whose watch, ex-PM Ranil’s or President Sirisena’s and PM Rajapaksa’s (or President Sirisena’s or Prime Minister Rajapaksa’s), is Sri Lanka more likely to (in Fidel Castro’s words) “disappear as an independent state… and become more of a colony than the ‘Third World’ countries ever were”? On whose watch is Sri Lanka less likely to “disappear as an independent state…and become more of a colony than the ‘Third World’ countries ever were”? Because that, for Fidel was the “priority” and “the most important battle today”, as it should be for us. It most certainly is for me.

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  • 18
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    Dispecable behaviour of Dayan Ballige putha Jayathilaka is public secret to many in this country.

    He dares to use the word Prime minister to the MP who has robbed the Prime minister office on the 26th Oct 2018 as everyone in that bunch would do.

    We missed you Dayan Jayathilaka whispering that Prasanda Ranaweera who threw chilli -water to Hon. Speaker Karu Jayasooriya and his police guards.

    Where did you get your doctorate – should be made clear to the world since we are not sure, your education is beyond 5 th grade.

    This ballige putha is a curse to lankens that would stand against criminals.

    I really wonder why DAYAN ballige putha Jayathilaka too behaves this abysal.

  • 12
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    Why don’t you write in an English that us common Sri Lankans can understand. Your 19th and 20th century verbiage has long gone out of fashion. It is now only used by those who want to draw a screen over their ignorance. Get real.

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    “Those who accuse the Rajapaksas of ‘neoliberalism’ do not know what neoliberalism is and isn’t.”
    Dayan hallucinating again …even Rajapakse’s doesn’t know what neo liberalism…

    what the people are accusing the Rajapkse’s is of looting people’s money and grabbing power through the back door..

    The Rajapkase will not stop until they get the power back

    so Dayan cut out the intellectual crap and get to the point

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      Dayan the public racist

      Could you define and explain the following gibberish from your above gobbledygook:

      neoliberalism
      nation
      project of neoliberal globalization
      corollary
      the ideology of neoliberal globalism
      the ‘people-nation’
      capitalist market economy
      Open Economy
      privatization
      imperialism
      Political Economy
      dialectically
      bourgeoisie
      periphery
      national sovereignty
      vassal states
      state degradation
      Statism
      Populism
      Nationalism
      majoritarian nationalists
      populists

      Alright thats enough.
      Could you tell us about Putin’s oligarchs or his Boyars in Muscovy.

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    ” The Rajapaksas are statists”.Good. “They are also patriots or if you prefer, majoritarian nationalists ” That is better.. “The Rajapaksas are no socialists but they do not have to be” That is terrific .

    Is ‘statist’ a synonym for crook? Do patriots murder, abduct and maim ? Can majoritarian nationalists count from 1 to 113 ?

    What is the difference between Chandrika’s foreignising and Mahinda’s Chinising ?
    Premadasa privatized the crown jewel Distilleries corp – middle men paskerlalingam – and pettah trader Yaseen now domiciled in St. Tropez France. So, Pleeeease get off your high horse of theoretical bunkum. This riposte is unusual for me. I am sorry. I have lost all patience with hum buggery. .

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      sarath de alwis

      Do you expect the public racist and war crime denier to respond to your comments?

      He doesn’t know what he is typing about.

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      Just get lost, Dirty Dayan. You are no political scientist but one who was ousted from university for plagiarism, just like your political masters.

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      Sarath de Alwis, give us the evidence man before you call people murderers, crooks and abductors. The gaping difference between your crowd, that is the Yahapal suckers and the MR crowd is you Yahapal suckers have no shame or conscience to lie, insinuate and lie again, you think a lie repeated ad nauseum can become the truth. In the minds of the masses it did work for you in 2015, not again, my friend, we will not let your lies win again, it is time RW’s Batalanda report came to light if this is the path you want to take.

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        Ask Nishantha, he will give proof, if during his transfer period My3 and Jarspakse have destroyed painfully collected evidence

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        Hey Wannihami,

        Just as in the Khashoggi murder, finding direct evidence of MR-GR ordering the murders, abductions and ransom is not easy given the deep state that protects them. But Just as there is no real dispute among people with common sense that Crown Prince MBS was the mastermind of Khashoggi murder, there is no dispute that MR and GR were murderers and looters. One has to wait for the justice system to rid itself of the deep state that protects GR-MR. But if justice is not served after a sufficient time has elapsed, people will take matters in their their own hands and mete out fitting punishment.

  • 10
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    Mr Dayan Jayathilake, before venturing into neoliberal globalism why don’t you peach to your political masters the basic principles of democracy and rule of law!

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      He is suffering from colour blindness. Okay, he is very biased to sense things.

      My 10 year old grand son would sense it better. He love democracy and human rights above anything else.

  • 5
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    He is a bat who bats for the slimy politicians of this country like disposed , President and the most disgraceful head of state who has hardly any principle , because of his personal gain, This Bat who is by product of a cross of two ethnic groups has no love for Sri-lanka , but for his well being, that is the reason he went behind them to get his present diplomatic position. He should never be entertained in this country again

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    According to Dayan, “Neo-liberalism is a new stage of imperialism”, but Lenin said “Imperialism is the highest stage of Capitalism”.

    Did Lenin said anything about Internationalism?

    Was Lenin a Nationalist?

    But there had never been a precise definition for of Neo-liberalism except people like Dayan uses it as a dirty word against his opponents and feel as if he is an authority on Marxism..

    Neo-liberalism is actually a pre-Marxist term!

    Dayan tries to define neo-liberalism negatively, but based on polices not followed by Rajapakse family.

    How do you look at nepotism?or corruption or white van criminals.Dayan is not against corruption,white Van or Nepotism precisely because …..

    If Rajapakse is a nationalist so are Donald Trump with his “America First”, and the supporters of Brexit.

    So Rajapakse is in the elite company of ex-imperialists -Donald Trump and supporters of Brexit may not be Neo- liberals because they follow similar polices as that of Rajapakse..

  • 5
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    Dayan,

    What you have written here is utter nonsense. You just write whatever that seeps into your confused head. We know well your verbosity is just a cover up for your ignorance on any particular subject.

    Your majoritarian nationalists are soon to savour the taste of the coup concocted by MaRa, GoTa, with M3 – Moody just downgraded Sri Lanka’s rating from B 1 to B2.
    Ask your majoritarian nationalists and their leader to hang there to savour more fruits of the coup you are so fond of .

  • 5
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    With his limited stock of bombastic words, Dayan Jayatilleka is again trying to distract us away from the motive behind the recent ‘happenings’ and the ongoing Parliament fracas.
    We know that you know that, it is sinister and ominous.

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    President Premadasa privatized a number of state enterprises and called them peoplization-another populist term for privatization.

    If someone could list them, I shall be happy

  • 5
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    Here is the question Dayan consistently dodges, and this time would be no exception. But here goes. Ready, Dayan?

    Why do we have elect homicidal, corrupt, nepotistic thugs in order to resist neoliberal Western imperialism?

    Looking forward to a response. Not.

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    I heard tha Mahinda Rajapakse is a reformed person in his mind and he is mindful about what he did wronfg last time. Anyway, some of the ministers he appointed and some of his old friends who wants minister posts, particularly Mahindananda Aluthgame, is in need of a minister post because he has to get a humangous bank loan from the PEOPLE’s bank and that money is going to be the loans in defaults as others are used to do. One very aligned with Athul KEshap had got two loans, I heard, one colatteral for the other and the totoal worth is Rs EIGHT Billion or so. G.P. Malalasekara, if asked Mahindananda aluthgamase would say, I thought about that but I am not a minister and I need some money to build a house.

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      Jd:”I heard tha Mahinda Rajapakse is a reformed person in his mind and he is mindful about what he did wronfg(sic) last time. “

      JD: you heard? …hmm

      ” he is mindful about what he did wronfg(sic) last time. “

      which last time?

      26 October 2018 27 October 2018 28 October 2018 29 October 2018 30 October 2018 31 October 2018 01 November 2018 02 November 2018 03 November 2018 04 November 2018 05 November 2018 06 November 2018 07 November 2018 08 November 2018 09 November 2018 10 November 2018 11 November 2018 12 November 2018 13 November 2018 14 November 2018 15 November 2018 16 November 2018 17 November 2018 18 November 2018 19 November 2018 20 November 2018

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    Oh, c’mon Dr. DJ, over 90% voters are rural folks who knows nothing about neoliberalism.
    But they value honesty and integrity of politicians.
    President’s politics is not approved by the majority other than a handful of politicians.
    If Mahinda goes for general elections with Maithri, the results will be the same as 2015 August.
    In my opinion, the Presidential Election should come first so that people can get rid of Maithri.
    After that MR can form a strong government at the general elections which is scheduled to be held in 2020.
    There is a saying; “Great haste makes great waste.”

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      Machang Champa, that exactly is what My3 does not want, I am no fan of My3, I prefer Ranil to him God forbid me for saying that. But the crux of the matter is MY3 is scared now to live as an ordinary citizen, although I believe people will forget the nonsense he did in a jiffy, he probably does not think that, he does not have the wear withal of MR or RW, MY3 is scared easy and react easy like a jittery cat. What My3 would have hoped is to get 2/3 in the parliament and get the constitution changed so that it is a Westminister system with a ceremonial President as in Inda. But 2/3 majority is not going to happen unless MR is ready to compromise a great deal to get the Tamil and Muslim parties on board. In a Presidential election, My3 is going to lose. So what I predict is whatever MY3 does next is for his own survival.

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        wannihami
        Of course, Maithri wants a general election precedes the presidential election for selfish reasons.
        What you mentioned here – a ceremonial President to be elected by Parliament – I understand the President has suggested this last year but was turned down. Moreover JVP’s 20A carry the same idea which didn’t receive people’s support.
        There is no way people support ANY CHANGE in the Constitution to abolish Executive Presidency. Therefore, Mahinda will not get 2/3, 100% sure.
        Then again, if Mahinda makes any compromise, he will lose Sinhalese Buddhist votes.
        MR doesn’t understand. This time is not opportune to him. It is too risky to go for a general election after infusing oxygen to dying UNP. He has to wait. Odds are not in favour of him right now.
        Anyways, the decision of the Supreme Court is due. President has no power to dissolve the Parliament under 19A for which he and UPFA fully supported. Besides, the Supreme Court has already endorsed 19A on a previous occasion.

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      Champawathi, here you sound normal. how come. ? do you have some brain cells that have been caught by MAD COW PRIONs ?

      And you hero Ballige putha Rajajapkshe will hav eto face it in th enear future. I believe Sirisena has put him a trap… let s wait and see..

  • 4
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    Dayan J…. analysis is fairly good move, yes we can agreed with him time being .
    In brief positive guidance for forces of democracies is battling against that Neo Liberalism outfits of whom want to surrender, nation Sovereignty, Territorial integrity and unitary character of independent State to USA UK and other foreign powers. .

    In real term of political -power that all major Western embassies and their ambassador are in lie up to colonialized our country for hegemony agenda of that dominations of Island by USA+ UK Indian Ocean region ?

    This no that democracy is advocated by Western nation, the real the motive is they to wanted to installed puppet govt.regime in center of Colombo. joint hand with UNP TNA and JVP outfits .

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      Thank you Ranjith G for the only reply that is not hate- filled, full of invective and personal insults at the author, but attempts a rational look at what Dayan is saying here. It is indeed a tussle between neoliberal globalisation that is in point of fact a cloaked neo-colonialism, and the nationalism of people who wish to carve out their own unique blend of the characteristics that had made this nation one of tolerance and freedom. This nation has a civilisational heritage that can neither be ignored nor thrust into the dustbin of history by these last 3+ years of a messy and utterly irresponsible Yahapalana government that has scammed the country’s finances, and brought ineptly crafted legislation in order to convert a Presidential Democracy into a Westminster-style Parliamentary Democracy with the ensuing chaos. The Supreme Court in being demoted to a short leg in the separation of powers has not attempted to fight back, and thus the instability. Let us hope that at least this juncture they will play well by this nation that has withstood, albeit without Machiavellian finesse the intrusion of interested others.

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        Country Farce

        Could you define and explain the following gibberish from his above gobbledygook if you thoroughly understood it:

        neoliberalism
        nation
        project of neoliberal globalization
        corollary
        the ideology of neoliberal globalism
        the ‘people-nation’
        capitalist market economy
        Open Economy
        privatization
        imperialism
        Political Economy
        dialectically
        bourgeoisie
        periphery
        national sovereignty
        vassal states
        state degradation
        Statism
        Populism
        Nationalism
        majoritarian nationalists
        populists

        Alright thats enough.
        Could you tell us about Putin’s oligarchs or his Boyars in Muscovy that Dayan the public racist dare not touch.

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      Ranjith Gunawaradana

      “In brief positive guidance for forces of democracies is battling against that Neo Liberalism outfits of whom want to surrender, nation Sovereignty, Territorial integrity and unitary character of independent State to USA UK and other foreign powers.”

      Bear with me.
      I am bit thick.
      Could you define and explain briefly the following concepts you mentioned in your above typing:

      forces of democracies
      Neo Liberalism
      nation Sovereignty
      Territorial integrity
      unitary character of independent State
      colonialized our country
      hegemony agenda



      Did you use google to translate your typing?

  • 5
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    you are licking any one for any post.. Now, you talk about political hypocrisy . you do not care if country is burned to ashes. all what you need is a diplomatic post. ..if you really good lankan. You would have spoken against this cooks….. but you have not..

  • 4
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    The more pressing issues are that Sirisena has a better chance of extending his precedency, (now a mini dictatorship) as the UNP had failed in delivering it’s promises..
    He is thought to have obstructed charges against the Rajapakses, making matters worse for the UNF
    Get ready for one-family rule for at least two decades, then afterwards complain about it. Now distract us by pointing at external issues; 3rd world politics…

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    Dsayan Jayathilake: when politicallyoriented hosts talk and when gov tministers talk, SLBC Subharathi is a CRAP program. but sometimes, REAL VIYATHUN talks and thy explain the present situation of the country how it came to this state and why and who brought it etc., etc., I think the problem is dumb Politicians did not know how to develop. They are like WB officials who adivce the whole thrid world from their Air conditioned NEw york or Washington offices. then IMF comes and talk for their lender most of the of the time it is the Green back. So we have to implement the Neo -liberalism aka JRJ’s Sri lanka should be a singapore program. Ranil is a pathological liar and is better than CBK who who became president she knew that Neoliberalism is Destructive to the country and to the people. Yet she had a program called Neoliberalsm with huamne attitude or human face. both Mahinda Rajapske and Ranil implemented and MS is watching to see, how Ranil, Mangala,’s Neo liberalism progransimply destroyed the country. anyway, I listedn to TWO VIYTHUN’s, in two occasions, from Colombo university, they explained what has happened to Sri lanka. Even you could not explain it well becus anglican Mindsed tcannot understand it. Anyway, Non-aligned face to Sri lanka is disastereous. On ther other hand, I cannot understand whether we are non-aligned or Pro-Multinationals and international corproations such as WALMART of which employes are in Social welfare amidst they are employees of a big corporation. I heard SATHOSA want to be bought by WALmart.

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    Ranil and Mangala are first class idiots who seek their graduation throughthe destructionof the country. It is the same globalization that TRUMP refused. Neo-liberalism is for poor or third world coutries thatthey have to exploit.Out Stupid idiots worship. I think even the IMF funds were donated to American Economic experts.

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    Dayan, get lost you humbug! Glad to hear that you were in the audience listening to Putin. You boast! You must be delighted with the current mess and chaos.
    Jumbo

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    Neoliberalism,

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neoliberalism

    was/is nowhere in Sri Lanka as a full-scale model of governance.
    What the Rajapakses practiced may have been a corrupted model of it, to benefit themselves only.

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    In the current circumstances, we have to stand with the forces against neoliberalism, and for preserving the nation state of Sri Lanka. The old yahapalanista humbugs who write here have well passed their use by date and miserably awaiting their calling (from where ever). They have no sense of belonging to the soil of the country. They and their masters need to be defeated for the sake of the country and they can think of their resting places more peacefully.

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      Hela

      Bear with me.
      I am bit thick.
      Could you define and explain briefly the following concepts you mentioned in your above typing:

      neoliberalism,
      nation state
      sense of belonging to the soil of the country


      By the way did you mean those who were buried in mass graves throughout the island when you typed “sense of belonging to the soil of the country” and did you want rest of us to pray to mass grave god Dr Gota?

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    “Our island contains two consciousnesses or two types of consciousness, two competing states of mind. “ last time.
    “The main contradiction, and the main fight, in Sri Lanka today is between neoliberalism and the nation.
    Apparently the theories he is trying to put forward is murky for him.

    ” Those who accuse the Rajapaksas of ‘neoliberalism’ do not know what neoliberalism is and isn’t. ”

    No doubt if somebody had accused him of neoliberalism, yes they don’t know politics (realpolitik) and they don’t know (practical) economics. But who did that? Is there a group serious political thought or economics thought of school is accusing him as neoliberal? May I know who those big guys are?
    Is there some new accusation starting as he is neoliberal? As far as we know the accusation against him is in UNHRC by OISL as War Criminal. Another accusation is $18B robbery by Mangala and a certain country tracked his wealth. He is well known genocide murderer and nation looter.
    Did Thero read Lasantha’s daughter’s letter. If so can Thero answer what she is accusing this man of? Neoliberal? Seriously?
    Here in CT we say Ranil is a socialist and Old King is a capitalist. It has nothing to do with the way they developed the country, but the way they both swindled the country.
    Even for his legal degree, he was push through the Law College by Felix. Nobody is sure if he ever completed the exams. In that condition, for what purpose, this shameless PhD is licking those dropping?
    Is that a new game Thero is starting to decorate that Modaya as Castro of Lankawe. Probably by these false flattering only that guy chased Thero from UNHRC? Whatever the crimes Castro did, Castro may be an intelligent man, not an ordinary Modaya Murderer like this guy.

    What fraudulent gimmick is this man is playing?

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    Dayan hit the nail on the head. There are a lot of sour comments here from sour Ranil sympathisers. I wonder, if they have had enough of Dayan’s opinions as they say, why bother reading the article in its entirety and make the effort to leave a comment? I also found his article perfectly understandable and I am just a common Sri Lankan. Another thing, none of the bribery allegations against MR have been proven, it was just a campaign strategy used by UNP similar to Hitler’s Big lie propaganda technique. I don’t idolise MR but I think he is more nationalistic than RW could ever be. But if UNP puts out a nationalistic candidate who stands up to the neo-colonialists, Inwould support him/her as well.

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    Thank you Ranjith G for the only reply that is not hate- filled, full of invective and personal insults at the author, but attempts a rational look at what Dayan is saying here. It is indeed a tussle between neoliberal globalisation that is in point of fact a cloaked neo-colonialism, and the nationalism of people who wish to carve out their own unique blend of the characteristics that had made this nation one of tolerance and freedom. This nation has a civilisational heritage that can neither be ignored nor thrust into the dustbin of history by these last 3+ years of a messy and utterly irresponsible Yahapalana government that has scammed the country’s finances, and brought ineptly crafted legislation in order to convert a Presidential Democracy into a Westminster-style Parliamentary Democracy with the ensuing chaos. The Supreme Court in being demoted to a short leg in the separation of powers has not attempted to fight back, and thus the instability. Let us hope that at least this juncture they will play well by this nation that has withstood, albeit without Machiavellian finesse the intrusion of interested others.

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    It is my opinion that the JVP is closer to the alternative ‘Globalisation’ than any other party operating in Sri Lanka

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    What had MR done so differently during his tenure in office to what RW has done during the last three and half years to say that RW hell-bent on introducing Neo-liberal policies? RW bookkeeping is certainly way better than that of MR’s despotic regime! May be DJ’s own mind pumping USD 4.5 billion just a matter of four months in to the market to defend SRL during MR regime is against neo -liberalism however much it affected millions of lifes by way of currency depreciation that we have seen in recent history. A greater crime than what we lost in bond scam which is USD 93milion!

    The question before us is who the best neo-liberalist is? MR with despotic regime where no fiscal discipline at all or RW with reasonably good fiscal policy and financial discipline !

    RW should have and could have hired DJ as an advisor by paying a reasonably good salary as DJ policy stance should have worked for Ranil well if DJ could overcome his egoistic attitude as that would certainly irritate every one who have some talent to contribute to the society in their own right.

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    The article captures the very essence of the conflict Sri Lanka.
    There is a time when somebody needs to ACT. This is precisely what happened.

    Anybody who thinks that people will revolt because democracy is lost is sadly mistaken.
    People in rural areas are celebrating the change. Rural folk were totally marginalised and nobody talks about it.

    The President should be congratulated for his courage to act. There needs to be an election..
    The President could have a referendum to seek the view of the people. Sooner it is done the better.

    In the interim, all Western countries should keep keep their dirty fingers out of Sri Lanka.

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    Sugath: You say “RW with reasonably good fiscal policy and financial discipline !” ???
    Come again!! RW’s is the same team as Premadasa’s in the Treasury with Paaskie!

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      Country Farce

      Are you still singing Sinhala/Buddhist national anthem with gusto?
      Your Guru Sarath Weerasekara wanted to sue the government and state for singing national anthem in Tamil. Could you enlighten us with how it ended up. Is Tamil anthem legal, illegal, or ……….?

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        Native Vedda: Irrelevant questions. Time for you to return to Bintenna? But even they may have some native wisdom left
        as yet uncorrupted!

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          Country Farce

          “Time for you to return to Bintenna?”

          I have an urgent project to work on, will not rest until I send all those descendants of Kallathonies back to whence their ancestors came, South India, including you, Sarath, Wimal, …………………………. Uthaya, ….. and lot of other bigots. You lot are pathetic aren’t you?

          I suggest you pack your bags and get ready.

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          Country Farce

          Could you kindly deal the queries below:

          Could you define and explain the following gibberish from his above gobbledygook if you thoroughly understood it:

          neoliberalism
          nation
          project of neoliberal globalization
          corollary
          the ideology of neoliberal globalism
          the ‘people-nation’
          capitalist market economy
          Open Economy
          privatization
          imperialism
          Political Economy
          dialectically
          bourgeoisie
          periphery
          national sovereignty
          vassal states
          state degradation
          Statism
          Populism
          Nationalism
          majoritarian nationalists
          populists

          Alright thats enough.
          Could you tell us about Putin’s oligarchs or his Boyars in Muscovy that Dayan the public racist dare not touch

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    Well….it’s the usual set of European inspired rhetoric.

    White people had little substantial culture of their own, but when they went to other lands, especially the Asia, they were awed by the Asian (South and East Asian….also African and Native American) rhetoric. They went mad over ….rhetoric….and created their own set of labeling rhetoric to explain their mad positioning on the globe. Hence World War 1 and 2 emerged from the neo-rhetoric created from the mad Europeans. (In the meantime they pretended that the countries they copied from were sub-civilized).

    Now Sri Lanka has had its own ancient rhetoric based on ancient Buddhist concepts….and some Hindu. Best for Sri Lanka (without trying to explain Lankan Rhetoric from White people’s viewpoint), is to liaison with other Buddhist countries- Indochina, some China, with Singapore as revolving point. Indochinese countries never sent its diplomats to the West to wear suit and learn Western rhetoric. No, they look more humble and simple, but are yet far more sophisticated from a realism point of view. Let’s coin a new rhetoric for what should be the neo-Lankan situation: Ancient Peaceful Buddhist Civilization.

    Ps. Indeed the Americans copied the constitution of the Native Indians Nations to develop their constitutional rhetoric away from mad Europe where they emerged from. France took it up very soon after the French revolution. Liberté, égalité, fraternité was born from the Native Indian rhetoric.

    IROQUOIS CONSTITUTION: A FORERUNNER TO COLONISTS’ DEMOCRATIC PRINCIPLES

    https://www.nytimes.com/1987/06/28/us/iroquois-constitution-a-forerunner-to-colonists-democratic-principles.html

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