SOC 3010 Proposal

Harrison Dunne-Polite

Research proposal:


So far this semester we have looked at how neoliberalism is implemented in the United States, its tangible impacts on US communities, and various critiques of the ideology. Of particular interest to me is the core function of fear in rationalizing and developing neoliberal principles. Before any the suppression of rebellions in Detroit or Attica, the Transatlantic Slave Trade, colonization, or any other historic event that was either inspired by or connected to the development of neoliberalism there was fear. Everything that followed afterward is action driven by a type of fear. In my research this semester I hope to investigate the connection between Thomas Hobbes pessimism and American Neoliberalism. I will start by investigate Hobbes works and then drawing a timeline from the expansion of Western political thought to the development of Neoliberalism and the Neoliberal state