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MOOCs and Other Wonders: Education and High-Tech Utopia


Deep within our cultural history is a faith in the power of technology to cure social problems.

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The Rendezvous


In this excerpt from “The Snowden Files,” author Luke Harding describes Edward Snowden’s first meeting with journalists Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras and how he was not at all what they expected.

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A Freedom Budget for All Americans


Monthly Review Press

Advanced in 1966 by central leaders of the activist wing of the civil rights movement, the “Freedom Budget for All Americans” promised the full and final triumph of the movement by going beyond civil rights and linking the goal of racial justice for African Americans with the goal of economic justice for all Americans. 

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Chris Hedges and Herman Melville Assault the Fruits of ‘Enlightenment’


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A description of the lives of Polynesian islanders in Melville’s book “Typee” shows that the inhumanities of capitalism visible today and constantly attacked by Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges were plainly recognized in American literature of the mid-19th century.

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In the War Against Apartheid


Alan Wieder’s new biography chronicles husband-and-wife South African Freedom Fighters Ruth First and Joe Slovo.

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Challenging Casino Capitalism and Authoritarian Politics in the Age of Disposability


Monthly Review Press

Neoliberalism’s ideology of competition strips schools of their civic and democratic project and hands them over to the logic of the market, helping to put authoritarianism, not democracy, on the rise in the United States in the twenty-first century.

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Productivity, Compound Interest and Poverty


ISLET

“Today’s economy is based on theft under the euphemism of ‘free enterprise,’ ” writes Michael Hudson in the first chapter of his new book “Finance Capitalism and its Discontents.” “It’s sometimes called ‘socialism for the rich’ because they receive most government subsidy. But it’s not the kind of socialism that people talked about a hundred years ago. It is a travesty of social democracy and socialism. In a word, it’s oligarchy.”

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Youth in Revolt


Paradigm Publishers

Guided by the notion that unregulated, market-driven values and relations should shape every domain of human life, a business model of governance has eviscerated any viable notion of social responsibility and conscience in the United States, writes Henry A. Giroux in his new book, “Youth in Revolt.”

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The Making of Global Capitalism


Verso Books

Although Karl Marx discerned in the middle of the 19th century that a new class of capitalists was creating “a world after its own image,” it took until the beginning of the 21st century before “a constantly expanding market” could be said to have fully spread capitalist social relations “over the entire surface of the globe,” write Leo Panitch and Sam Gindin in their new book, “The Making of Global Capitalism.”

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Laissez-Faire Aesthetics


Eakins Press

In the art world today, hardly anybody is willing to criticize anything, and the old modern rebellion against standards and distinctions has been replaced by a newfangled conviction that anything can go with anything else, writes Jed Perl in his new book, “Magicians & Charlatans.”

Posted on Jan 30, 2013 READ MORE

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