Imagining the future in bailout capitalism

Martijn Konings
Finance and Society, 2023, 9(1): 80-83


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