Polity Volume 7, Issue 2, pp. 46-52 (Download PDF)
Devaka Gunawardena, in his paper on calls for Sri Lanka to transition from a focus on exports to logistics, draws our attention to how the short-sighted prioritizing of certain industries over others at great cost to the latter is characteristic of the profit maximizing intent of neo-liberalism. He demonstrates how this ideology “forecloses alternatives by insisting on tone-deaf proposals to do more of the same” despite repeated failures. Gunawardena’s call is to push back against these ‘expert’ opinions by creating spaces in which people can debate their alternatives to come up with an economic agenda reflective of their needs and priorities.