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Will Leggett

processes are treated as agents in their own right rather than uneven and contested processes deeply influenced by the decisions and strategies of social actors. 10 However, although it is important to demystify overblown claims that ‘there is no alternative’ to the trajectory laid out by uncontrollable social forces, the effect of those forces still needs to be kept in mind

in The Third Way and beyond
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Oratory and rhetoric in Conservative Party politics
Richard Hayton and Andrew S. Crines

-liberal economic experiment during the 1980s. Pathos is used to legitimate neo-liberalism (Crines, 2014) whilst simultaneously using negative emotions to attack Labour’s economic record and arguments. Consequently, emotional rhetoric tends to use fear to imply the dangers of another (collectivist) course of action, encapsulated by Thatcher’s mantra that ‘there is no alternative’ (Chapter 7). Logos All politicians like to claim that ‘the facts’ are on their side, and that their arguments are grounded in ‘reality’ (or at least a version of it). Indeed, the construction of reality

in Conservative orators from Baldwin to Cameron
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There’s more than one show in town
Andrew Bowman, Ismail Ertürk, Julie Froud, Sukhdev Johal and John Law

reality that poses a single set of problems that can be tackled with generic solutions. Boris Johnson’s words exemplify this singular framing: ‘the free market economy is Changing the frame  117 the only show in town.’ And since this economy is now globalised, the imperative is to make ‘the market’ work better for national competitiveness in ‘the global race’. Successful competition will deliver beneficial results for individuals, firms and nations alike. In this world there is no alternative framework. Compare and contrast this with the words of Fernand Braudel, who

in The end of the experiment?
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Making do, rationing and nostalgic austerity
Alison Hulme

the problems we confront today (2009:5). It is these same conditions that Cameron and Osborne attempted to garner, despite the fact that, as Clarke and Newman quite correctly point out, they seem rather less reliable in the present day. At best, the purpose of austerity is ‘shared on a sort of grudging acquiescence about the condition of the global economy, the public debt and the “necessity” of tough measures’ (2012:307). It is not dissimilar to Margaret Thatcher’s claim that ‘There Is No Alternative’ (TINA), which typically evoked grudging compliance rather than

in A brief history of thrift
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Going on without in Beckett
John Pilling

own ‘definition’ of art in his review of Intercessions by Denis Devlin in the last pre war issue of transition, almost exactly four years earlier: ‘pure interrogation, rhetorical question less the rhetoric’.22 For here the ‘something there’ is nothing more than a question mark, the mark of ‘not being there’; and even without an answer there is no alternative to ‘going on’, irrespective of the conditions and constraints that threaten the continuance of the enterprise. On not being there 27 Notes 1 Samuel Beckett, The Unnamable, in Trilogy: Molloy, Malone Dies, The

in Beckett and nothing
Pragmatism between rationalism and sentimentality 
Robert W. Lake

of the powerless are always more valid than those of the powerful, and in Power Politics the reverse is often the case. In neither instance is the assertion of knowledge amenable to debate, dissension or the voicing of alternative viewpoints. Thus the quote I used at the start of this chapter: “Anyone claiming to tell me the absolute truth is demanding from me unquestioning submission” ( Vattimo, 2014 , 77). Openness, inquiry and learning are stifled when the authoritarian claim that ‘there is no alternative’ prevails. Both forms of authoritarian knowledge “short

in The power of pragmatism
The role of minority engagement
Sujatha Raman, Pru Hobson-West, Mimi E. Lam and Kate Millar

majority of the British public accept the use of animals in scientific (medical) research “where there is no alternative” ’. It then mentions the ‘myths’ that still exist, thereby implying that those who 240 Science and the politics of openness are not in the majority are misled. The minority view is also more implicitly sidelined in policy statements, for example, via the claim from the UK Home Office (2015, no pagination) that ‘We respect the fact that people have strong ethical objections to the use of animals in scientific procedures. [But] we have legislated so

in Science and the politics of openness
Acceptance, critique and the bigger picture
Anne B. Ryan

. How Was It For You? The first study, reported in How Was It For You? Exploring Couples’ Experiences of the First Year of Marriage, was commissioned by a marriage and relationship education and counselling organisation, and the participants were all under forty, married and based in Dublin.4 From this study, two broad groups emerge. One group’s themes concern the demands of jobs, coping with constant tiredness, a lack of time for family and friends, and a feeling of being constantly over-pressed. I call them the TINA (‘there is no alternative’) group. Most of this

in The end of Irish history?
Paul Cammack

derived exclusively from the logic of capitalist accumulation and exploitation. In contrast, neo-liberalism looks to an active state first to restore and then to maintain and extend the conditions within which the logic of capitalist reproduction can work to the full. In this context, an essential component of its project – reflected in the claim that ‘there is no alternative’ – is

in The Third Way and beyond
A short account of the Revolutionary Communist Party
Michael Fitzpatrick

drew attention to the absence of ‘a clear divide between left and right, or between parties representing different social classes’: There is no great clash of competing visions of the future for humanity. Instead, all shades of opinion within mainstream politics now appear to agree that there is no alternative. That general lack of belief in the possibility of changing things for the better has itself become the central issue of our times.54 In the 1980s, the RCP had run candidates in elections as a focus for campaigning and party-building activities. Now, in the

in Waiting for the revolution