On Neoliberal Wellness

Neoliberalism. Wellness programs. Cutting medical services. Teach the workers they’re responsible for their personal maintenance. If they get sick, well, this is America, so they’re out of luck.

I’m pretty tired of hearing about wellness. We have cancer causing chemicals in our produce; heavy metals and pcbs in the local lake; firearms in the hands of violent people, but wellness, that’s on your hook.

Don’t expect to learn of your own worth in public or private schools. They won’t teach it to you.

The aim of neoliberalism is to keep everyone in a state of hungry self-contempt.

Kenneth Rexroth once wrote: “The mature man lives quietly, does good privately, assumes personal responsibility for his actions, treats others with friendliness and courtesy, finds mischief boring and keeps out of it. Without this hidden conspiracy of good will, society would not endure an hour.”


I like that phrase, “the hidden conspiracy of good will” as it underscores the need for self reliance and the rejection of social lies.

Another Rexroth quote I like:

“I write for one and only one purpose, to overcome the invincible ignorance of the traduced heart. […] I wish to speak to and for those who have had enough of the Social Lie, the Economics of Mass Murder, the Sexual Hoax, and the Domestication of Conspicuous Consumption.”


Author: skuusisto

Poet, Essayist, Blogger, Journalist, Memoirist, Disability Rights Advocate, Public Speaker, Professor, Syracuse University

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