…a great idea… another one from Micah White… https://www.micahmwhite.com/about/
A great take on Oprah as champion of Democracy… eerily reminiscent of Bono as God and perhaps the saviour of Africa…
When self-help author Tony Robbins declares that, “People who succeed at the highest level are not lucky; they’re doing something differently than everyone else,” he omits education, economic opportunity, health status, debt burden, family responsibilities, social connections, gender, race, and yes, even voting rights, as contributors to (or detractors from) an individual’s access to “success.” Look into the self-help literature, as I have been doing for a book I am writing, and you will never find these factors acknowledged.
As psychologist James Hillman posited in his book, We’ve Had a Hundred Years of Psychotherapy — And the World is Getting Worse, psychologically based beliefs that emphasize individualism over the societal and the environmental directly contribute to social devolution. His book, which shocked many when it was first published nearly 25 years ago, seems more prescient and accurate today.
There are numerous ways that modern technological society promotes disconnection. But telling millions of people within a disempowering and unjust society that one should strive on one’s own for individual success is more fragmenting than “spiritual.”
and a real quality quote here, worthy of the “Quotes” page:
Selective philanthropies sponsored by generous billionaires can never replace a society’s gutted safety net.
-Alison Rose Levy-
Having enabled the manifestation of today’s planet-endangering reality — not through “intentions,” but through inattention — those all-too-ready to invest all their hope in the next Wall Street pick become indignant when the rest of the population is bothered by little things like the person’s record.
To this day, when political leaders, activists, young people, independent journalists and disadvantaged populations take action, media gatekeepers and moderate Democrats dismiss the engaged as negative, angry or too extreme. What kind of “resistance” follows the lead of corporate media to denigrate activism, while falling at the feet of the next mediagenic celebrity, newscaster or billionaire? The answer is a politically naïve, easily manipulated and uninformed one.
This is a really well written and thought out essay, read it all.
Another very good read on neoliberal feminism
Selma James, one of the founders of the 1970s Wages for Housework movement and a leader in the Global Women’s Strike, criticized how some feminists turned grassroots organizing projects into “jobs for the girls” as a way for some women to have power by creating mechanisms to save others. In today’s political climate, we must be wary of claims that feminism is best served by increasing the power of individual (white, middle-class) women, and question over whom they exercise that power. We must understand the difference between power for a few and a real change in how power affects us all.
And one for the “Higher Education Corporatization” chapters…
Also see: Henry A. Giroux | The War Against Teachers as Public Intellectuals in Dark Times; From Penn State to JPMorgan Chase and Barclays: Destroying Higher Education, Savaging Children and Extinguishing Democracy; and Beyond the Swindle of the Corporate University: Higher Education in the Service of Democracy.
What follows is perhaps the clearest definition of “NeoLiberalism” I have ever come across, and it should go with out saying, it makes it self evident why the “liberal” Democratic Party appeaser adherents to this sociopathic ideology are no better than the raving extremists on the right, and also may explain why the right wing can make its case more appealingly than the left (if the left is meant to be mainstream neoliberal beneficiary hacks of its world order while they smarmily wring their hands over the inevitable wholesale consequences to all of creation and every critter in it that it’s race to the bottom for the sake of preserving the privilege at the expense of the many that there race to the bottom is forcing us all to run…
Neoliberalism, or what can be called the latest stage of predatory capitalism, is part of a broader project of restoring class power and consolidating the rapid concentration of capital. It is a political, economic and political project that constitutes an ideology, mode of governance, policy and form of public pedagogy.
As an ideology, it construes profit-making as the essence of democracy, consuming as the only operable form of citizenship, and an irrational belief in the market to solve all problems and serve as a model for structuring all social relations.
As a mode of governance, it produces identities, subjects, and ways of life free of government regulations, driven by a survival of the fittest ethic, grounded in the idea of the free, possessive individual, and committed to the right of ruling groups and institutions to accrue wealth removed from matters of ethics and social costs.
As a policy and political project, neoliberalism is wedded to the privatization of public services, selling off of state functions, deregulation of finance and labor, elimination of the welfare state and unions, liberalization of trade in goods and capital investment, and the marketization and commodification of society.
To read more work by Henry A Giroux and other authors in the Public Intellectual Project, please click here.
As a form of public pedagogy and cultural politics, neoliberalism casts all dimensions of life in terms of market rationality. One consequence is that neoliberalism legitimates a culture of cruelty and harsh competitiveness and wages a war against public values and those public spheres that contest the rule and ideology of capital. It saps the democratic foundation of solidarity, degrades collaboration, and tears up all forms of social obligation…