@Reichstraten That article was rather confused. Immigration is neoliberal. The whole idea is to create economic growth through population increase. If there isn’t a natural population increase, then immigration provides the population growth.
The problem with the social democratic parties is that they refuse to recognise that their policies in the last 40 years have been serving neoliberalism as it’s moral justification. What the author argues is that they should do more of the same and yet expect a different result.
Social democrats need to come up with new ideas. Think about this: global population is predicted to peak around the end of the century. Then population’s will start a steady decline.https://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2019/06/17/worlds-population-is-projected-to-nearly-stop-growing-by-the-end-of-the-century/
So how will the global economy cope with a shrinking economy when there is no external population of immigrants to drive expansion? The problem has to be addressed at some point.
Back to the article, the author discusses the declining size of the working class, outsourcing manufacturing to low labour cost regions, and that the shrinking work class is expected to be women and immigrants. But isn’t the problem that the productive base is shrinking due to globalisation? Rather than offer a solution, the author argues for equality for everyone, but especially for those who are more equal in the author’s mind. In effect there is no solution, just an acceptance of growth through immigration. Again, social democrats basically accept neoliberalism in substance and only critique it rhetorically.
Maybe they could start coming up with ideas about how industry could increase productivity without using developing world wages? Or ideas addressing the structural inequality between regions by tackling authoritarian governments who benefit from low wage economies and keep unions under the thumb? At some point in the future, a growth model based on something other than population increase must be devised. Any new ideas on these subjects would be interesting.
But they won’t come up with new ideas because they are off the educated class who profits from the way things are. Their real dilemma is how to convince others of their relevance and thus lay claim to a portion of society’s surplus. They will continue be to support neoliberalism in practice while pretending to offer an alternative. I think the author’s concern for political hegemony is telling. Social democrats are just state dependent elites trying to preserve their power.