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Decentralizing decision-making onto local actors is a suppression of class politics -- their epistemic critique is a neoliberal smokescreen to reject accountability intrinsic to economic planning

Dean '10 Jodi, Professor of Political Science at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, "Complexity as capture--neoliberalism and the loop of drive" http://www.academia.edu/859473/Complexity_as_capture_neoliberalism_and_the_loop_of_drive
Given the convergence between finance and critical theory around the notion of complexity, it's not surprising to find an overlap with Friedrich Hayek. The rejection of accountability, of politics, repeats his argument against economic planning: we cannot know. For Hayek the problem of the economy is a problem of knowledge. As he points out, economic knowledge is widely distributed; much of it is local, a matter of the availability of materials and workers and infrastructure. Economic knowledge is also subject to constant change. Infinite particulars of time and place, chance and circumstance, call for constant modulation. ³It wouldseem to followHayek concludes, ³that the ultimate decisions must be left to the people who are familiar with these circumstances, who know directly of the relevant changes and of theresources immediately available to meet them.´

His argument against central economic planning, then, is that it is impossible because knowledge cannot be totalized. Total knowledge, complete knowledge, is unobtainable. Foucault specifies the idea that limits on knowledge are limits on government as the economic rationality of liberalism. Liberalism extends the problem of economic knowledge into a more fundamental incompatibility between ³the non-totalizable multiplicity of economicsubjects of interest and the totalizing unity of the juridical sovereign.´

Insisting that the totality of economic processes cannot be known, liberal economics renders a sovereign view of the economy impossible. In other words, for the liberal, the limit of sovereign knowledge is a limiton sovereign power. As Foucault puts it, homo economicus tells the sovereign, ³You must not because you cannot. And you cannot in the sense that you are powerless. And why are you powerless, why can't you? You cannot because you do not know, and you do not know because you cannot know.´

Just as the impossibility of complete knowledge served as a wedge against sovereign power, so does the inability to know emerge as an attempt to block or suppress politics, to displace matters of will and action onto questions of knowledge.

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