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‘The Most Powerful Woman in the World’

A New Yorker profile of German Chancellor Angela Merkel depicts a shrewd politician cut to the shape of leadership in our age: bland, personally reserved and entirely uninterested in challenging the prevailing neoliberal order.

Posted on Nov 27, 2014 READ MORE



Henry Giroux on the Rise of Neoliberalism

We’re talking about an ideology marked by the selling off of public goods to private interests; the attack on social provisions; the rise of the corporate state; the celebration of profit-making as the essence of democracy; and with the utterly reductionist notion that consumption is the only applicable form of citizenship.

Posted on Oct 23, 2014 READ MORE



Beyond Orwellian Nightmares and Neoliberal Authoritarianism

Those who fight against neoliberalism must not settle for reforming a system that is as broken as it is dangerous. Any viable, transformative struggle will need a boldly democratic vision; durable, longstanding organizations; and strategies that make politics meaningful.

Posted on Oct 18, 2014 READ MORE



Truthdigger of the Week: Paul Verhaeghe

The Belgian psychotherapist’s new book considers the impact of 30 years of neoliberal economics on the development of personal identity and cultural character in the West.

Posted on Oct 6, 2014 READ MORE



The Spectacle of IS: Resisting Mainstream Workstations of Fear

The use of new digital technologies and social media by Islamic State has drawn a great deal of attention by the dominant media not only because the extremists have used them as a form of visual terrorism to graphically portray the beheadings of captured American and British civilians, but also because of its alleged sophistication as a marketing tool.

Posted on Oct 2, 2014 READ MORE



Diabetes Patients Suffer Unregulated and Commercially Unnecessary Hike in Insulin Price

Though Humulin has been on the market for many years for a relatively cheap price, a single monthlong dose of the insulin variety manufactured by Eli Lilly costs $1,200 today—more than five times the amount in 2007. Why? Because the company can charge that much, Eli Lilly’s insulin marketing director said.

Posted on Sep 13, 2014 READ MORE



Remembering Hiroshima in an Age of Neoliberal Barbarism

Once an emancipatory project predicated on the right to study and engage the past critically, history under the reign of neoliberalism has receded into a depoliticizing culture of consumerism, a wholesale attack on science, the glorification of military ideals, an embrace of the punishing state, and a nostalgic invocation of the greatest generation.

Posted on Sep 12, 2014 READ MORE



12 Theses on Education in the Age of Neoliberalism and Terrorism

The goal of neoliberal education policies is not to improve education, but rather to increase the profits of private corporations. As long as the United States continues to view educational policy and practice through the lens of market-based values, there is little hope that progressive education, with its aim of educating students for critical citizenship and social and economic justice, will survive.

Posted on Sep 5, 2014 READ MORE



Beyond the Spectacle of Neoliberal Violence in the Age of Terrorism

When our inner worlds work under the death-haunted dictates of casino capitalism, the Apocalypse is embraced as if it functioned exclusively as a form of entertainment, rather than providing a warning about the rise of militarism, the killing of civilians, and religious and political fundamentalisms.

Posted on Aug 29, 2014 READ MORE



The Militarization of Racism and Neoliberal Violence

In witnessing the state reaction to the brutal killing of Michael Brown, we recognize violence as a major mode of control in corporate-dominated societies.

Posted on Aug 21, 2014 READ MORE



The Insider’s Economic Dictionary: S Is for Saint-Simon

Sex: The topic that has proved strong enough to displace religious and academic discussion about property and wealth as the driving force in human affairs and evolution.

Posted on Aug 9, 2014 READ MORE



Gaza to Afghanistan: Killing Machines and the Madness of Militarism

Incapable of thinking beyond military solutions to social problems, militarism absolves individuals and governments, if not the public, of the horror produced by the weapons it builds. Moreover, just as it erases the memory of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, it suggests that the killing of hundreds of children in Gaza is a necessity.

Posted on Jul 25, 2014 READ MORE



Thinking Dangerously in an Age of Political Betrayal

Thinking has become dangerous in the United States. The indications are everywhere.

Posted on Jul 18, 2014 READ MORE



Eric Cantor and ‘The Certainty of Conservative Sellout’

Salon columnist Thomas Frank explains House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s surprising loss to a tea party primary challenger last week as “part of a long-running and basically unchanging Republican melodrama. …An eternal populist revolt against leaders who never produce and problems that never get solved.”

Posted on Jun 15, 2014 READ MORE


Voters Reject Traditional Left Parties in EU Parliament Elections

“The U.S. press and newscasts make it appear that Europeans have voted against poor immigrants and foreigners,” economist Michael Hudson adds to an interview he had done with The Real News Network. “What they voted against [was] the super-rich, the oligarchy.”

Posted on Jun 1, 2014 READ MORE



‘Friends Without Benefits’: ‘Job Creators’ Accrue More Terrifying Power

Applying for a job you need but don’t really want is bad enough. But now “Zappos, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Amazon, is going to occupy the unemployed for months with (mostly futile) attempts to become virtual ‘friends’ with the online shoe retailer,” Noah McCormack writes at The Baffler.

Posted on May 31, 2014 READ MORE


‘Let Markets Rule Us’

An old, creepy recording shows the Milton Friedman Choir singing that corporations are society’s saviors, that rule and decision making are best left to the so-called free market, and that other moral considerations for the business class should be absolutely gotten rid of.

Posted on May 26, 2014 READ MORE



Putin’s Real Use for Ukraine

In a brilliant piece of political science, American journalist Mark Ames explains Russian President Vladimir Putin’s handling of the Ukraine crisis as part of a cynical bid to maintain domestic political power by appealing to the values and attitudes of his country’s provincial “Silent Majority” after losing the support of liberals.

Posted on May 15, 2014 READ MORE



Noam Chomsky and the Public Intellectual in Turbulent Times

Noam Chomsky not only represents the antithesis of intellectual accommodation, he exemplifies a new kind of intellectual, one who refuses, as C. Wright Mills put it, the role of “a sociological book-keeper,” preferring instead to be “mutinous and utopian” rather than “go the way of the literary faddist and the technician of cultural chic.”

Posted on May 12, 2014 READ MORE



Neoliberalism, Democracy and the University as a Public Sphere

Of neoliberalism, Truthout contributor Henry Giroux tells Victoria Harper in an interview: “Not only is it the latest stage of predatory capitalism, but it is also part of a broader project of restoring class power and consolidating the rapid concentration of capital, particularly financial capital.”

Posted on Apr 24, 2014 READ MORE


The Divide

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The Divide

Matt Taibbi’s new book is more Lincoln Steffens than Hunter Thompson, dropping most of the histrionics to explore why Wall Street bankers are seemingly exempt from criminal prosecution.

Posted on Apr 18, 2014 READ MORE



Neoliberalism and the Machinery of Disposability

What has emerged in the new America is an intensification of the practice of disposability in which more and more individuals and groups are now considered excess, consigned to zones of abandonment, surveillance and incarceration.

Posted on Apr 10, 2014 READ MORE



Beyond Neoliberal Miseducation

Workers, students, youths and the poor are all considered expendable in this neoliberal global economy. Yet the one institution that offers opportunities to challenge anti-democratic tendencies is under attack in unparalleled ways.

Posted on Mar 21, 2014 READ MORE



Ukrainian Hangovers

The Crimean population’s only protection from U.S.-sponsored regional and ethnic political division comes from Russia. That is the gift Obama has given Putin, making him a defender of Ukraine rather than the aggressor.

Posted on Mar 17, 2014 READ MORE


Neoliberalism, Youth and Social Justice

In a special interview, Truthout contributor Henry Giroux takes us back to the basics of what can be seen as an ongoing and accelerating war between the rich and everyone else, an event that has resulted in a mass inability “to translate private troubles into larger structural public considerations.”

Posted on Mar 14, 2014 READ MORE



A New World Order?

Increasingly, the unitary status of states is being called into question. Civil war, violence, and internecine struggles of various sorts are visibly on the rise. In many cases, state power seems to be draining away to no other state’s gain. So here’s one question: Where exactly is power located on our planet right now?

Posted on Mar 3, 2014 READ MORE



Ukraine: ‘Go West, Young Man’

When other countries seek to defend a multi-ethnic secular state, the U.S. foreign office has backed the fundamentalists for nearly the past half-century in all cases. This should be the subtext for reporting on the Ukrainian uprising that seems to have been carefully timed to coincide with Sochi.

Posted on Mar 2, 2014 READ MORE



The Liberal Love of ‘Inequality’

Like “neoliberalism,” former Harper’s Magazine columnist Thomas Frank writes at Salon, the tone of the term “inequality” is “needlessly clinical, giving the whole debate a technical and bloodless air.”

Posted on Feb 27, 2014 READ MORE



Neoliberalism’s Favorite Advice

The cheap slogan, an alleged encouragement for today’s worker, cruelly ignores the fact that very few of us have the opportunity to make a living doing much of anything that sustains our spirits, Miya Tokumitsu writes at Jacobin.

Posted on Feb 7, 2014 READ MORE



America’s Biggest Crisis: The Economy Is Rigged for the Wealthiest

We owe it to MLK to carry his torch and create an economy for all.

Posted on Jan 26, 2014 READ MORE



N Is for Neo-Serfdom, O for Offshore Banking

Neoliberalism: The philosophy that public ownership and regulation is inherently less efficient than management by financial operators.

Posted on Jan 25, 2014 READ MORE


Will South Sudan ‘Survive Oil-Fueled Neocolonialism’?

After thousands were killed in more than a month of violence, rivals in South Sudan have reached a cease-fire. Now, “a new documentary shows how South Sudan has become ground zero for contemporary colonialism in Africa.”

Posted on Jan 24, 2014 READ MORE



Re-Establishing King

“There is probably no figure in recent American history whose memory is more distorted, whose message more bowdlerized, whose powerful words are more drained of content than King,” University of Pennsylvania history professor Thomas J. Sugrue writes at Jacobin.

Posted on Jan 20, 2014 READ MORE


Debt Is a Weapon for Taking Your Things Away

The treasured University of Missouri, Kansas City economics professor Michael Hudson explains to RT how debt is used “as a means of foreclosing on property and transferring” it “from the debtor to the creditor.”

Posted on Jan 20, 2014 READ MORE



People Pressure Is Making Fast Tracking the TPP Politically Toxic

After four years of secret negotiations with more than 600 corporate advisers, the once seemingly invincible trade bill—the largest in history, covering 40% of the world’s economy—looks very much like it can be defeated.

Posted on Jan 20, 2014 READ MORE



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Reclaiming the Radical Imagination

We now live under a form of casino capitalism that revels in deception, kills the radical imagination, depoliticizes the American public and promulgates what might be called disimagination factories and punishing machines.

Posted on Jan 13, 2014 READ MORE


‘Jesus Rebranded: Now With More Capitalism!’

“Capitalism is the reason for the season,” says a new, rebranded Christ, imagined by Pulitzer Prize-winning political cartoonist Mark Fiore just in time to save Christmas from people who think sharing is an American value.

Posted on Dec 27, 2013 READ MORE



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Cultures of Violence in the Age of Casino Capitalism

As the visibility of extreme violence is endlessly reproduced in various cultural apparatuses and screen cultures, it functions increasingly, alongside a range of other economic and political forces, to legitimate a culture of cruelty and disposability in everyday life.

Posted on Dec 19, 2013 READ MORE



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Blurring Mandela and Neo-Liberalism

Rather than tell how global corporations and banks pressured the Mandela government to keep economic power where it was during apartheid, Andrew Ross Sorkin and The New York Times claimed the South African hero saw “the light” at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

Posted on Dec 14, 2013 READ MORE



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The Spectacle of Illiteracy and the Crisis of Democracy

C. Wright Mills argued 50 years ago that one important measure of the demise of vibrant democracy and the corresponding impoverishment of political life can be found in the increasing inability of a society to translate private troubles to broader public issues.

Posted on Dec 13, 2013 READ MORE


The Shifting Economics of the ANC: From Liberation Movement to…

Leading anti-apartheid activist and former South African Intelligence Minister Ronnie Kasrils told “Democracy Now!” that the African National Congress led by Nelson Mandela made a “Faustian pact” with neo-liberalism to end the official policy of segregation and avoid civil war.

Posted on Dec 12, 2013 READ MORE



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Mandela: Hero Thwarted

The South African underclass Mandela inspired continues to suffer in every possible way: lower incomes, marginal educational opportunities, poor housing conditions and shorter life expectancies.

Posted on Dec 8, 2013 READ MORE



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Hope in the Age of Looming Authoritarianism

The relentless activity of thoughtlessness—worship of celebrity culture, a cravenly mainstream media, instrumentalism, militarism or free-roaming individualism—undermines crucial social bonds and expands the alleged virtue of believing that thinking is a burden.

Posted on Dec 5, 2013 READ MORE



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Runaway Capitalism Murders Another Artist

The resignation this month of Osmo Vanska from his decade-long role as director of the Minnesota Orchestra over salary disputes with the board spurred John Halle, director of studies in music theory and practice at Bard College, to argue that “the virtues of classical music are inherently hostile to [the] neoliberal mindset now dominant in all sectors of society.”

Posted on Nov 30, 2013 READ MORE


Henry Giroux Gets Urgent With Bill Moyers

Truthout and Truthdig contributor and revolutionary firebrand Henry Giroux appeared on “Moyers & Company” on Friday to play the role of cultural pathologist and make the crises of global capitalism and democracy blindingly clear.

Posted on Nov 22, 2013 READ MORE



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Public Intellectuals Against the Neoliberal University

Lourde’s defense of poetry as a mode of education is especially crucial for those of us who believe that the university is nothing if it is not a public trust and social good; that is a critical institution infused with the promise of cultivating intellectual insight, the imagination, inquisitiveness, risk-taking, social responsibility and the struggle for justice.

Posted on Nov 1, 2013 READ MORE



Latinos: ‘We Need a National Leader’

An overwhelming 75 percent of Hispanics in the U.S. want someone to lead their community, but can’t put their finger on a candidate; two doctors are “astounded” as they look inside a chicken nugget; meanwhile, Fox News reportedly used counterintelligence tactics and fake online personas to change readers’ minds. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Oct 23, 2013 READ MORE



Democracy Now!

Truthdigger of the Week: Lori Wallach

This critic of globalization is one of the few voices trying to alert the public to a secretive, ongoing effort to create a legal means for corporations to attack and subvert government.

Posted on Oct 5, 2013 READ MORE



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Beyond Savage Politics and Dystopian Nightmares

What kind of society emerges when it is governed by the market-driven assumption that the only value that matters is exchange value, when the common good is denigrated to the status of a mall, and the social order is composed only of individuals free to pursue their own interests?

Posted on Sep 26, 2013 READ MORE


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