The violent police assaults in response to the Occupy movement are proof that Occupy has hit a nerve; Britain is preparing for the demise of the euro; meanwhile, the student wing of Occupy tries to encourage higher education. These discoveries and more below.
On a regular basis, Truthdig brings you the news items and odds and ends that have found their way to Larry Gross, director of the USC Annenberg School for Communication. A specialist in media and culture, art and communication, visual communication and media portrayals of minorities, Gross helped found the field of gay and lesbian studies.
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The failure of mainstream economics
Mainstream economists failed, with respect to the economic crisis, on three counts: they failed to predict the crisis, they didn’t even include the possibility of a crisis in their theories, and they didn’t know what to do once it happened.
Occupy Higher Education
The student wing of the Occupy movement goes far beyond the issue of student debt. What is at stake are the language of politics and the nature of the university.
Corporations Are Patenting Human Genes and Tissues
Do you think that granting corporations the rights of people in the Citizens United case is disturbing? Then contemplate the fact that corporations have been patenting human genes and tissues at alarming rates—in the last 30 years, more than 40,000 patents have been granted on genes alone.