Mother Market is about market theology, or what Giroux has referred to as “unbridled free-market fundamentalism” (2013; 459).  The orientation towards market-based logic and language lends itself to “the delirium of the unlimited” (Lordon, 2014, 39).  With its emphasis on quantitative measurements and the ascension of economics as a science, “the neoliberal social imaginary, ultimately relies on a public perception of its inevitability, that is, its natural claim to dominance as the ultimate basis for its power” (Cassell & Nelson, 2013, p. 255).  Similar to Marx’s critique of British political economy, “what should be explained is assumed” (Marx, 2014, p. 81). Rooted in Marx’s notion of historic materialism (Marx & Fromm, 2014), Mother Market explores the ways in which we have come to see social constructs, such as “the market” and “the economy” as natural conditions of our society, as opposed to social constructs.

© 2017 by David Ladon.