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  • Henry A. Giroux: Neoliberalism, Democracy and the University as a Public Sphere

    By Victoria Harper, Truthout | Interview

    Henry A. GirouxHenry A. Giroux. (Image: Jared Rodriguez / Truthout)Victoria Harper: Welcome, Henry. In your latest book, Neoliberalism's War on Higher Education, neoliberalism is a central organizing idea in shaping your view of education. Can you provide a general working definition of what it is and how it threatens higher education? 

    Henry A. Giroux: Neoliberalism has many forms, but these forms share a number of characteristics.  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. More specifically, 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 upholds the irrational belief that the market cannot only solve all problems but serve as a model for structuring all social relations.

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  • Sixteen for '16 - Number 9: A Living Minimum Wage

    Sixteen for '16 - Number 9: A Living Minimum Wage

    By Salvatore Babones, Truthout | Op-Ed

    Does the president's $10.10 an hour represent a fair wage? Maybe. A living wage? Hardly. No one can really support a family on minimum wage employment, even if the minimum is raised to $10.10 an hour. At $10.10 an hour, it's hard even to support yourself. The problem isn't just the low wage. Few minimum wage workers can find full-time employment; few minimum wage workers are able to find work year-round, and all workers get sick sometimes.

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  • Jersey City Man Shot in the Face and Blinded by Police Faces 30 Years in Prison

    Jersey City Man Shot in the Face and Blinded by Police Faces 30 Years in Prison

    By Rania Khalek, Truthout | News Analysis

    On January 10, 2010, 18-year-old Kwadir Felton was shot in the face and permanently blinded by Jersey City, N.J., Police Sergeant Thomas McVicar. Yet it is Felton who faces decades in prison. McVicar insists he was forced to open fire because Felton tried to rob him at gunpoint. Felton, now 22, vehemently denies having been armed. His story repeats a too-familiar pattern: Victims of police violence are further punished.

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