Neoliberalism and Fascism: The Stealth Connection

The current fascist electoral campaign rallies by Donald Trump are designed to up the ante of charges against liberals and the Left. by William Connolly Common Dreams Oct 27, 2018 Neoliberalism is not fascism. But the fact that many famous neoliberals have been moved to support fascism to protect a regime from social democracy or socialism does give … Continue reading Neoliberalism and Fascism: The Stealth Connection

Brave New World predicted 2018 better than any other novel

His book warns us of the dangers of mass media, passivity, and how even an intelligent population can be driven to gladly choose dictatorship over freedom. by SCOTTY HENDRICKS Big Think October 13, 2018 This 1931 novel predicted modern life almost to a (model) T. While other dystopias get more press, Brave New World offers us a nightmare … Continue reading Brave New World predicted 2018 better than any other novel

10 Ways the Tech Industry and Media Helped Create Donald Trump

by Damian Radcliffe Conversation  The role played by the media and technology is coming under heavy scrutiny, with Facebook, Twitter, and Google's roles in the rise of fake news enjoying considerable coverage. This represents a shift from when the volume of media airtime given to Trump often was held culpable for the WWE reality TV star’s political ascendancy. The rise of … Continue reading 10 Ways the Tech Industry and Media Helped Create Donald Trump

Welcome to the Jungle

A troubling new era has begun in Brazil with the election on Sunday of far-right fascist Jair Bolsonaro as president. By Pepe Escobar Consortium News October 29, 2018 It’s darkness at the break of (tropical) high noon. Jean Baudrillard once defined Brazil as “the chlorophyll of our planet.” And yet, a land vastly associated worldwide with the … Continue reading Welcome to the Jungle

Friedrich Nietzsche predicted the Post-truth Era of Trump

The morning of the US presidential election, I was leading a graduate seminar on Friedrich Nietzsche’s critique of truth. It turned out to be all too apt. by Alexis Papazoglou Conversation Nietzsche, German counter-Enlightenment thinker of the late 19th century, seemed to suggest objective truth – the concept of truth most philosophers relied on at the time … Continue reading Friedrich Nietzsche predicted the Post-truth Era of Trump

Neoliberals View Our Children as an Untapped Market of Money

Pedagogy for Profit: Education Under Capitalism by Gus Bagakis Trouthout Oct 23, 2018 Public schools are under attack by billionaires, conservative think tanks, philanthropists, business lobbying groups like the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) and the Trump administration. These attackers argue that public schools are an ineffective, needless tax expense that can be replaced by privatized, … Continue reading Neoliberals View Our Children as an Untapped Market of Money