Both neoliberal-driven governments and authoritarian societies share one important factor: They care more about consolidating power in the hands of the political, corporate and financial elite than they do about investing in the future of young people and expanding the benefits of the social contract and common good.
The passion for public values has given way to the ruthless quest for profits and the elevation of self-interests over the common good.
Austerity measures not only individualize the social; they also produce massive disparities in wealth, income and power that impose immense constraints on people's well-being, freedom and choices, while serving to undermine any faith in government, politics and democracy itself.
Austerity measures within the current configurations of power represent the undercurrent of a new form of authoritarianism.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2011/oct/18/capitalism-parasite-hosts. On matters of disposability, see Zygmunt Bauman, Wasted Lives, (London: Polity Press, 2004).