The expression "pensée unique" (French for "single thought") describes the claimed supremacy of neoliberalism as an ideology.
Concept and background understanding
" is a critique of conformism from political left-wing and alternative parties and organisations like Attac
. Use of the term points at the fact of enforced reduction in political discussion by mainstream politics that, for example, prominently reveals itself in the famous populistic TINA
-Argument ("There Is No Alternative") of Margaret Thatcher
(former prime minister of Britain
) that is widely adapted by other politicians (for instance as Gerhard Schröder
's (former chancellor of Germany
) argument, translated word-for-word from Thatcher’s (German: „Es gibt keine Alternativen...“).
The expression was coined in a January 1995 editorial article in Le Monde diplomatique by Ignacio Ramonet, who is editor-in-chief of "Le Monde diplomatique" and, apart from many other functions and memberships, is a special honorary member of Attac.