And the Advancing Endgame Revolt!
1. Charting the Neoliberal Nightmare and the Moral Outrage
Charting the Neoliberal Nightmare and the Moral Outrage
The ruling elite and their managerial foot soldiers have unleashed savage forms of coercion and profiteering in public education with breathtaking audacity. These attacks on education—indeed the public sphere—have led to a deeper and ruthless war on democracy (ironically through the very invocation of democracy) as market fundamentalism further undermines the democratization of institutions and culture. The new conservative political alliance (Apple, 2000)1 led by free-market fundamentalists has quickly come to control all major institutions. The United States is not the only place where we witness the unleashing of utter despair. American imperialism, the opening of markets to multinationals, and the domination of nation-states in the economic south by plutocracies generate despair to a degree that makes the current conditions in the United States look like little league. The agony is concerning, whether in Blackwater, Arizona; Gary, Indiana; Conakry, Guinea; or Harare, Zimbabwe. We make the comparison only to suggest that far too much of the critical educational scholarship and activism in the United States fails to register the political and moral outrage over worldwide assaults—often the result of abuse by the United States or its pawns such as the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the World Trade Organization (WTO), and the World Bank. We also often fail to recognize worldwide refusals to bow down to capital.
Sentencing ourselves to the American academic silo (and we’re also implicated, since it’s in...
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