WHAT IS NEOLIBERALISM? AND WHAT'S SO WRONG WITH IT?

To get an quick yet ample sense of what neoliberalism is and is not, watch Spike Lee's BlacKKKlansman (fawning, maudlin, neoliberal pablum made to make the white audience feel morally superior along with any elite minorities in the audience; of course, it got rave reviews from the neoliberal press) and the compare and contrast it to Boots Riley's Sorry to Bother You (a great, hilarious film that doesn't care what its white audience thinks of it, or what anyone thinks of it; of course, it was mostly ignored by the neoliberal press and received far less theatrical distribution). As you will see, "neoliberalism" is by no means just a white thing. It's diversity for the ten percent.

So what is neoliberalism? And what has it done to higher education? To literary and film criticism? To free speech? To feminism? We'll get lost as we pursue these questions below, including "what is democracy?" "What the difference betweem "meritocracy" and "democracy"? S(I)ide Note: Sometimes I feel like I am living in a dystopian sci-fi film, like I'm either Sara Conner or her son John Conner in Terminator or in one of the Terminator sequels. Not very often. But sometimes.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez questions why US pays for 'unlimited war' but not Medicare-for-all

Ocasio-Cortez Claims World Will End in 12 Years Due to Climate Change

Since Decriminalization, 96% of People Arrested for Weed in Baltimore Are Black

GEERT LOVINK, Sad by design 10 January 2019

EP. 114 GEERT LOVINK ON “SAD BY DESIGN,” DECEMBER 12, 2018

On Contact: The Lobby - USA

Kamala Harris for more prisons!

"Strong" - Kamala Harris for Senate

Kamala Harris Announces Presidential Run With PLATITUDES

Let's pause to consider how some people have thought about time and catastrophe in the past.

Theodor Adorno, MINIMA MORALIA REFLECTIONS FROM DAMAGED LIFE

Book montage: Walter Benjamin, One-WayStreet See also Ernst Bloch, The Heritage of our Times

"muliebrity"

Neoliberalism (pro-globalization, pro-finance capitalism, pro-Silicon Valley, self-policing, pro-billionaires and extreme income inequality) is antithetical to the working class agenda of this Latina Democratic Socialist. She won the Democratic primary! Obama did not endorse her.

or

Meet Ash Sarkar, the Communist Who Called Piers Morgan an "Idiot"

or

or

Hillary Clinton Says the ‘Future is Female’

vs.

From Sorry to Bother You Trailer #1 (2018)

Or original and hilarious dystopian Boots Riley debut

versus neoliberal, dreivative, cheap, maudlin

BlackKKlansmen (2018)

or just look at

or

Former Facebook Exec: Social Media Is Ripping Our Social Fabric Apart

or

Hillary Clinton - Universal healthcare will 'never, ever come to pass' 

or

or

"Why did Hillary Clinton endorse [Andrew] Cuomo over Cynthia Nixon?" May 24, 2018

Or

HRC endorses Tom Carpenter over Kerri Evelyn Harris

 

or

or the never-ending argument by statistics (been around since the1980s)

Mark Blyth on economics.

What Trump Voters Know That The Democrat Elite Don't! (Mark Blyth Interview)

DAVID ADLER MAY, "Centrists Are the Most Hostile
to Democracy, Not Extremists" (2018)

Tony Benn - 10 minute History Lesson for Neoliberals

Keiser Report: Consequences of Neoliberalism (E1254)

Excess Management Is Costing the U.S. $3 Trillion Per Year (2016)

Thomas Frank on Rendezvous with Oblivion

Notice the difference in Frank's tone and demeanor, in the clip above in contrast to this more recent, much angrier "this is crazy" in the clip below:

Thomas Frank on "positive thinking" in Inequality and Populism: The Vicious Circle

Do be paranoid!

Do NOT download this app:

THE DEEP STATE

Michael J. Glennon "National Security and Double Government" Harvard National Security Journal 1 (2014)

AMANDA TAUB and MAX FISHER, "As Leaks Multiply, Fears of a ‘Deep State’ in America" FEB. 16, 2017

Neoliberal "idiotology": From "Just Do It" to the pornagraphic "Just Do You." No content. "Whatever . . . . . . . . that is."

DEMOCRACY IN CHAINS:The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for Americaby Nancy MacLean. (Penguin, $18.) "MacLean sketches out the six-decade push to protect the wealthy elite from the will of the majority. The architect of this plan was James McGill Buchanan, a political economist who, starting in the mid-1900s, devoted his career to paving the way for a right-wing social movement."

The Daze the (Neoliberal) Earth Stood Still

Obama Joins Club of the Super-Rich - Defends Global Capitalism in Lecture

BARACK HOOVER OBAMA Cover of Harper's Magazine July 2009

Black Agenda Radio

Obama: Our aristocracy "differs important respects from the "ruling aristocracies of old":

Obama Joins Club of the Super-Rich - Defends Global Capitalism in Lecture

He forgot "We tortured some folks" "contrary to our values" (boilerplate for corporate employeee termination or censorship). "Our values" are never defined or concretely stated. Watch the talking heads freak out over Obama's use of "torture" and their insistence on using instead the Gestapo derived euphemism "enhanced interrogation."

Compare Obama on the elites not acting with "malice" but "just being rational" to the villain saying "I'm not evil" and "I'm just being rational" in Sorry to Bother You (2018). Or see the horrific Disney film Wreck it Ralph (2012). That was the future for the disenfranchised underclass reduced to glitches by Silicon Valley and to be brought to you by Obama and then Hillary Clinton. Hisotry was just a matter of software updates. Now we are in a different nightmare, of course. Or we have living in two overlapping nightmares.

Max Abelson, Obama Goes From White House to Wall Street in Less Than One Year (2017)

--Zach Carter and Paul Blumenthal, Former Obama Officials Are Riding Out The Trump Years By Cashing In The revolving door takes a spin. (2018)

Washington Post's Guest List At Hamptons Party

From The New Yorker

"In this cogent jeremiad, which is certain to be controversial, Michaels diagnoses America's love of diversity as one of our greatest problems. Not only does it reinforce ideas of racial essentialism that it claims to repudiate; it obscures the crevasse between rich and poor. Michaels, a scholar of American literature, suggests that the growth of economic inequality over the past few decades is the result of a deeply ingrained and unchallenged class structure. Scrutinizing current events and religion, he argues that our fixation with the "phantasm" of race promotes identity over ideology, and he rejects the idea that meritocracy prevails in America's elite universities. A believer in the power of progressive politics, he calls for a debate in which class, rather than identity, would be at the fore. "You can be black and upper middle class, you can be gay and upper class, you can be transsexual and upper class, you can be a woman and be upper middle class, you can be an immigrant and upper class, but you can't be working class and upper middle class.  The University is (or was) an upper middle class institution and its culture and habitus (if you will) cannot tolerate working class culture: working class culture is what the University keeps out and what upwardly mobile students want to shed.  As Walter Michaels says, they want to stop being working class.  They don't want to do dangerous jobs, be poorly paid, have bad taste. . . . " 

Michael J. Glennon "National Security and Double Government" Harvard National Security Journal 1 (2014)

AMANDA TAUB and MAX FISHER, "As Leaks Multiply, Fears of a ‘Deep State’ in America" FEB. 16, 2017

More links from my Fall 2017 course on 70s cinema: paranoia

What neoliberalism has wrought (an incomplete list):

-15. The War on Drugs

“The Nixon campaign in 1968, and the Nixon White House after that, had two enemies: the antiwar left and black people. You understand what I’m saying? We knew we couldn’t make it illegal to be either against the war or black, but by getting the public to associate the hippies with marijuana and blacks with heroin, and then criminalizing both heavily, we could disrupt those communities. We could arrest their leaders, raid their homes, break up their meetings, and vilify them night after night on the evening news. Did we know we were lying about the drugs? Of course we did.”

Dan Baum, Harper's, April 2016 issue "Legalize It All"

The War On Drugs - Thinking Of A Place 

Check out the slolo.

-14. Fake News?

Fake News in Berlin Correspondent (1942)

How does this information leak out?

But maybe it's false news. Yes, maybe it's not true?

But it's true!

 

-13. Meritocracy--If you don't have a good job, it's because you didn't go to the right schools.

HOW TO MAKE EVERYONE IN YOUR VICINITY SECRETLY FEAR AND DESPISE YOU

"This one means “learn from your failures.” Remember with this type of thing: It’s not always that it’s meaningless (though it often is); it can also be an unnecessarily complicated way of stating the obvious. Or it can be half meaningless, half obvious. There are many variations. (You will not be shocked to learn that Dalio fears “populism” in politics as well.)"

-12 Bank Fraud effectively legal as no bankers were prosecuted by the Department of Justice, then headed by Eric Holder (2008-09). It's even worse. See these lectures on the insanity of "market fundamentalism."

-11. Pay Day Lending

-10. Donald Trump

From Eugène Rougon to Donald Trump: Émile Zola and politics

Maybe Oprah!

-9a. The entire appeal of the Dems (see "This is the 21st century we gotta get over" HRC especially) is aspirational--make money and move on up the "post-racial" class hierarchy. Of course, that is a con, just like the prosperity gospel, since the U.S. has an incredibly low social mobility rate. https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2014/03/03/the-mobility-myth https://www.nytimes.com/2012/01/05/us/harder-for-americans-to-rise-from-lower-rungs.html https://www.businessinsider.com/social-mobility-is-on-the-decline-and-with-it-american-dream-2017-7 https://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2016/07/social-mobility-america/491240/

-9. Torture

“She Tortured Just for the Sake of Torture”: CIA Whistleblower on Trump’s New CIA Pick Gina Haspel

Obama: 'We tortured some folks' (talking heads call it :"the so-called torture"; "harsh interrogation")

"Enchanced Interrogation" derives from the Gestapo; developed by the CIA and psychologists

NY Times does not use the word "torture."

DEAN BAQUET, EXECUTIVE EDITOR The Executive Editor on the Word ‘Torture’ AUGUST 7, 2014

https://www.nytimes.com/2004/05/23/magazine/regarding-the-torture-of-others.html

How Guantánamo Diary Escaped the Black Hole

C.I.A. Torture Report

C.I.A. director John Brennan spies on Senate Foreign Intelligence Committee and perjures himself. Faced no legal consequences.

The Torture Report (2019)

(2019)

-8A mass incarceration Insane: America’s Criminal Treatment of Mental Illness

-8. Accelerated Climate Change

Losing Earth: The Decade We Almost Stopped Climate Change By Nathaniel Rich
Photographs and Videos by George Steinmetz AUG. 1, 2018

'Everybody knew' for years about climate change, not just oil industry; 1958 classroom video warned of danger

John Akomfrah and J.M.W. Turner

Sublime Seas

SFMOMA March 3–September 16, 2018

-7A Facebook and Surveillance Capitalism

Five Corporations Now Dominate Our Privatized Intelligence Industry

FACEBOOK DELETES VIETNAM WAR PHOTO, IS ACCUSED OF 'EDITING OUT HISTORY'

Phan Thi Kim Phuc

https://mastodon.social/about

-7 FIRSTS

For a different take on “Crazy Rich Asians”, cross the Pacific

For plenty of Asians, the film is more of an affront than a triumph

6A. "Excellence" (see also "innovate"--it has replaced "educate"--and "certificate for / of _____" in addition to "degree in")

You can go all the way back to Plato's Meno and find the question "What is excellence?"

-6. The American Diet! It's lethal.

-5. Russiagate

Why close reading matters: "The fog is not coincidental: if the report’s vague assertions were clarified and its circular logic straightened out, nothing would be left."

Why the neoliberal-con, elite, establishment press is not worth reading:

"None of the claims made in the dossier has yet been verified, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t take it seriously." Notice the use of the word "yet." Replace it with "ever" and see what happens. And notice the double negative "doesn't" and "shouldn't."

-4. The ubiquity of trigger warnings. (There is no prophylatic for life, no educaitonal condom you can wear to prevent you from getting mental STDs.)

For a puppet exhibition:

vs.

a-shocking-art-exhibition-about-lynching

withoutsanctuary.org/pics_01

withoutsanctuary.org

-3. The Death of Major American Cities

Kevin Baker, "The Death of a Once Great City: The fall of New York and the urban crisis of affluence" July 2018 issue of Harper's Magazine

Mapping-the-Shadows-of-New-York-City

-2. Extreme Income Inequality in the United States and the Demonization of the Poor / Meritocracy (the rih "deserve" their wealth)

-1. End of the Fourth Amendment / Corporate Censorship (Youtube, Facebook, but not Twitter--as much) / "violates our policies."

Ex-CIA officers running for Congress as Democrats (WAPO 2017)

How workers forced Google to drop its controversial ‘Project Maven’

PROJECT X Laura Poitras and Henrik Moltke

End of Net Neutrality

Facebook Says It Is Deleting Accounts at the Direction of the U.S. and Israeli Governments

Fascistbook: ‘Censorship Does Not End Well’

Alex Jones Banned By Facebook/Apple/Youtube/Spotify

https://theintercept.com/2018/08/15/alex-jones-twitter-infowars-ban-free-speech/

Twitter Suspensions Causing Outrage

digital-detox-big-techs-phony-crisis-of-conscience

VICE PROMOTES INTERNET CENSORSHIP (but in such a nice way!!)

The Cleaners (dir. Hans Block and Moritz Riesewieck, 2018)

Big Tech Corporations Are Now Banning Iranian Social Media Accounts – A Censored Student Journalist Speaks out

Statement from Senate Intel Chairman Richard Burr on Comments by Former CIA Director John Brennan 

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, issued the following statement on comments made in The New York Times by former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) John Brennan:

“Director Brennan’s recent statements purport to know as fact that the Trump campaign colluded with a foreign power. If Director Brennan’s statement is based on intelligence he received while still leading the CIA, why didn’t he include it in the Intelligence Community Assessment released in 2017? If his statement is based on intelligence he has seen since leaving office, it constitutes an intelligence breach. If he has some other personal knowledge of or evidence of collusion, it should be disclosed to the Special Counsel, not The New York Times.

“If, however, Director Brennan’s statement is purely political and based on conjecture, the president has full authority to revoke his security clearance as head of the Executive Branch.” 

0. Immigration: ICE--you already know the rest; and the militarization of the police who turn citizens into "enemy combatants." See Ferguson, MI.

Do Not Resist Official Trailer 1 (2016) - Documentary

Field of Vision - Best of Luck with the Wall

The Great Green Wall of America
This design firm wants to make Trump’s wall big, beautiful and sustainable.
By KATELYN FOSSETT March 08, 2017

Welcome to the Wall: Artist Banksy opens Bethlehem Hotel

Children of Men (1999)

1. Evacuation of Higher Education

'Henry Giroux Puts a Lens on the Nightmare of Neoliberal Fascism' at https://www.truthdig.com/articles/henry-giroux-the-nightmare-of-neoliberal-fascism/

The Cost of College in the 1980s versus now

Benjamin Ginsberg, The Fall of the Faculty (2011)

Author Argues Colleges More Training Than Transformation

Nietzsche, Friedrich. 1872 anti-education Harper's Magazine

Student debt

For-Profit Colleges Accused of Fraud Still Receive U.S. FundsOct. 12, 201

STEAM (not STEM) "A" stands for "Arts," as in Liberal Arts

"Neoliberal Arts" Harper's Magazine 2015

Dickens, Charles. 1852. "A Ragged School," Harper's Magazine

What is neoliberal "leadership?" As opposed to management?

"The company eagerly cultivates an academic aura, and the facility is
referred to as its “campus.” The campus bookstore sells dozens of
business books, of the kind ubiquitous in airport newsstands. Typical
selections included The World’s Most Powerful Leadership Principle:
How to Become a Servant Leader
(featuring a jacket blurb from the
Senior Vice President of Operations for Chik-fil-a) and Leading with
Soul: An Uncommon Journey of Spirit
. Alas, they did not have my
favorite managerial tome of all time, If Harry Potter Ran General
Electric: Leadership Wisdom from the World Of Wizards
, which is a
genuine, honest-to-God book that you can look up and purchase."

https://www.currentaffairs.org/2016/06/the-unendurable-horrors-of-leadership-camp

If you need to relax . . . . (go directly to time stamp 1:54)

At Berkeley (dir. Frederick Wiseman, 2013)

Neoliberalese at the corporate university: "Raising Awareness"

Federal Judge Tosses Detroit Education Lawsuit, Rules Children Have No “Fundamental Right” To Literacy

https://www.vibe.com/2018/07/federal-judge-detroit-lawsuit-literacy/

See Free Speech below. Alain Badiou, The True Life on the end of ideas in late capitalism and premature pressure on girls to be women.

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UFgatorwell

2. ENDLESS WAR / MODERNIZATION OF NUKE SITES / SMALLER NUCLEAR BOMBS

How many wars are we in now? Why are we in Syria?

Mueller testifies to Iraq's WMDs

Penderecki: Threnody for the Victims of Hiroshima

THE ATOMIC CAFE (1982) (on vimeo)

"Paul Tibbets [the Air Force pilot who flew the plane that dropped one of the atomic bombs on Hiroshima] talks about how the government wanted to conduct bomb blast studies at Hiroshima. He explains how they picked, deliberately, a Japanese city that was a virgin target. So, they didn’t bomb Tokyo because Tokyo had already been bombed. That was a level of cynicism that seemed really extreme to us at the time."

So much for multiculturalism: We (Americans) get oppressed groups; They (non-Americans) get geo-groups to whom we are failing to bring "democracy," aka "regime change."

The F-35 Is a $1.4 Trillion National Disaster

 June 2018 issue

Combat High

America’s addiction to war

Dempsey: Americans are beset by an attitude of respectful indifference. The approval rating of the US military is astronomical—really, no institution merits a 70 percent approval rating, especially not one that struggles to wrap up conflicts over seventeen years. How do we explain this? Some of it is just ignorance. The American public today has no idea how the military operates, how the defense budget is spent, what portion of our budget is actually devoted to foreign aid. They just know that they should respect the military. I submit that a good portion of public approval of the military can be explained by, basically, “I’m not being asked to do any of this. So who am I to criticize?”

Andrew j. Bacevich: We’re meeting here at West Point more than sixteen years after US forces entered Afghanistan and almost fifteen years after invading Iraq. I think it’s fair to say that these wars and our military experiences elsewhere since 9/11 have not gone as expected. Even though we have the world’s best-trained and best-equipped military—as each of you knows from your own service—we seem unable to achieve conclusive success. Organizations that engage in terrorism continue to proliferate, especially in Africa, and we’ve failed to establish a stable democracy in either Afghanistan or Iraq. Our conflicts just drag on. So let me ask you: Why don’t we win? . . . .

Daddis: It allows the blame to be shifted to the local government: “We created the space, we did our job; it’s not our failure, it’s the failure of the locals.”

Dempsey: That’s one of the most fascinating things—the excuses you hear about why we are not successful in Afghanistan. You can boil every single one of them down to: “Our strategy in Afghanistan would be going perfectly if only Afghanistan were a different country.”

The Obama Administration Has Brokered More Weapons Sales Than Any Other Administration Since World War II

The world may be in turmoil, but the American arms industry is cashing in. JULY 26, 2016

Israel is Turning From a Security State to a Private Security State

Simplicius Simplicissimus and the Thirty Years War and The Peace of Westphalia

3. THE ECONOMY: The End of Capitalism?

Casino Capitalism (Literally)

 On Contact: A New McCarthyism with Ellen Schrecker

Nomi Prins: How Central Bankers Rigged the World

"Charity Is the Opiate Of Capitalism" - Nellie McKay

Progressive On Dems - "Only Pragmatic Way Is Out" w/Nellie McKay

The Billionaire Class is Not Fit to Rule - Paul Jay

Inequality for All

4.Pre-School Politics (so-called critical thinking).

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RICHARD TRENHOLM, 'The Cleaners' dishes dirt on social media JANUARY 29, 2018

The Forum: Right to Say: Freedom, Respect, and Campus Speech

Political correctness: a force for good? A Munk Debate May 20, 201

Friedrich Nietzsche, Ecce Homo: How One Becomes What One Is, pp. 3-76 

friedrich-nietzsche-thus-spoke-zarathustra-a-book-for-all-and-none-translated-by-adrian-del-caro-1.pdf

FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE, Genealogy of Morals,Third Treatise

5. The Internet / Social Media / Memes:

The elites hate social media.

"a thriller isn’t the ideal place – as if there were an ideal place – to read Clinton’s thoughts on the perniciousness of social media (‘using modern technology to revert to primitive kinds of human relations’), the press (‘trying to bend every story to fit this narrative’), the erosion of trust in public life etc."

Passages taken from Mikhail Bakhtin, Rabelais and His World. Trans. by Helene Iswolsky. Bloomington: Indiana University Press (1984).

I nearly quit ‘ugly’ social media, says Laura Kuenssberg

Baldwin, Ctrl Alt Delete: How Politics and the Media Crashed our Democracy

Maggie Haberman, White House correspondent for the New York Times, who has broken some of the biggest stories relating to Donald Trump’s presidency, said this month she was “taking a break” from Twitter. “The viciousness, toxic partisan anger, intellectual dishonesty, motive-questioning and sexism are at all-time highs, with no end in sight. It is a place where people who are understandably upset about any number of things go to feed their anger, where the underbelly of free speech is at its most bilious,” she wrote on Friday.

Hating on Hate

6. Race Relations

Consider This: You can talk about racism in academia as long as you're not saying anything about it. (The discourse of civility, conversation, dialogue, and diversity is just as much of an elitist neoliberal discourse as is anti-fa doxing and no-platforming. Everyone is in their comfort zone. Almost anyone can play the game. It's about as challenging as Tic-tac-toe.)

“Effective Evil” or Progressives’ Best Hope? Glen Ford vs. Michael Eric Dyson on Obama Presidency

White Like Me SNL 12/15/84

Racial Bias In St.Louis Revealed Via Hidden Camera - Diane Sawyer PrimeTime 1991

Joseph P. Williams, "Segregation's Legacy Fifty years after the Fair Housing Act was signed, America is nearly as segregated as when President Lyndon Johnson signed the law" April 20, 2018

Andrew W. Kahrl, "The North’s Jim Crow," May 27, 2018

The Persistence Of Inequality TWO NATIONS Black and White, Separate, Hostile, Unequal. By Andrew Hacker. 

(1992!)

Matt Taibbi - I Can't Breathe

The Strange Things About The Johnsons (2011)

If you need to relax . . . . (go directly to time stamp 1:54)

If you really tried to talk about racism in academia, you couldn't. Because it would be unthinkable. Because you would have to know something, learn something beyond you. Talking about something deeply disturbing doesn't necessarily mean you feel better afterwards.

Stream of Consciousness Raising:

William Faulkner, Intruder in the Dust (1948)

Film adaptation of Intruder in the Dust (1949)

vs.

Suburbicon Official Trailer #1 (2017) 

Racism and White Trash Abuse in William Faulkner, "Barn Burning"

Patti Smith, "Rock 'N' Roll N-word"

 Joseph P. Williams, "Segregation's Legacy Fifty years after the Fair Housing Act was signed, America is nearly as segregated as when President Lyndon Johnson signed the law." April 20, 2018

black-agenda-radio-week-july-9-2018

I Am Not Your Negro James Baldwin and Race in America

Trevor Phillips, Things we won't say about race that are true Mar 22, 2015 (Just because something is true doesn't mean it matters.)

Lester Spence, How Neoliberalism Infiltrated Black Politics

The History of Race and Labor in the USA

The Powell Memo (also known as the Powell Manifesto) 

The Powell Memo was first published August 23, 1971

Pankaj Mishra, "Why do white people like what I write?" Vol. 40 No. 4 · 22 February 2018

What if identity politics is a way of NOT talking about race, class, gender, or sexuality, the promotion of vacuous, inconsequential, content-free, market-tested slogans rather than concrete public policies and legislation (aka an agenda)?

TEODROSE FIKRE, "ON The Absurdity of Saying “White Privilege” MAY 14, 2017

Black Agenda Report

I Am Not Your Negro (a recent documentary on Baldwin available on UF Kanopy) time stamp -23:13 on the Dick Cavett Show

8. DEMOCRACY

James Baldwin Debates William F. Buckley (1965)

Matt Taibbi, Secrets and Lies of the Bailout The federal rescue of Wall Street didn’t fix the economy – it created a permanent bailout state based on a Ponzi-like confidence scheme. And the worst may be yet to come January 4, 2013

Matt Taibbi ,Obama's Big Sellout: The President has Packed His Economic Team with Wall Street InsidersThe president has packed his economic team with Wall Street insiders intent on turning the bailout into an all-out giveaway December 13, 2009 Rolling Stone 

Ken Silverstein, "Barack Hoover Obama," June 18, 2009

Dive into the heart of the Roland-Garros atmosphere! Chapter 4: joy.

If you need to relax . . . . (go directly to time stamp 1:54)

Why the Elites Hate Democracy?

DNC Unity Member LOVES Superdelegates

In American politics, a superdelegate is an unpledged delegate to the Democratic National Convention who is seated automatically and chooses for themselves for whom they vote.

Neoliberal Elitist Clintonista Elaine Kamarck (We know them [the candidates]; voters can be fooled.)

In American politics, a superdelegate is an unpledged delegate to the Democratic National Convention who is seated automatically and chooses for themselves for whom they vote.

Why Black Lives Matter Had to Happen 2015

(Bernie Sanders gives over the microphone and stage to the protesters and lets them talk as long as they want to talk and say whatever they want to say. What matters is not so much what the protestors say but the fact that they can say it. This is called democracy.)

Compare the above to this scene: Democratic Convention of 1968 (debate over who has the microphone)

9. Politics

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"Respectability Politics"

If you need to relax . . . . (go directly to time stamp 1:54)

10. HUMAN RIGHTS

Mohamedou Ould Slahi, Larry Siems (Editor) Guantánamo Diary 2015

How Guantánamo Diary Escaped the Black Hole

Habeas Corpus in the U.S. (Infinite Detention: the National Defense Authorization Act signed by President Obama on December 31st, 2011 / 2013)

Innocent and Guilty Prisoners: Eleven Years without Charges at Gitmo

[Senator Diane] feinstein-didnt-really-know-mistreatment-undocumented-immigrants-obama-years/

11. TRICKLE-DOWN FEMINISM

Nina Turner says the Clinton campaign told Sanders she couldn’t speak.

Representative Tulsi Gabbard at DNC 2016

DNC Vice Chair Gabbard: "Egregious" For Party To Punish Candidates For Participating In Non-DNC Debates

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard calls for complete overhaul of DNC following Clinton rigging revelations

Alain Badiou, The True Life

Trickle-Down Feminism (2013)

 Trickle-down economics

 

Michelle Obama Shames Women Time Stamp 7:39

Who is Michelle Obama blaming here for Trump's win? (Um, could it be . . . women?)

"Barriers were meant to be broken," is the highly original and deeply meaningful conference slogan ("rules are meant to ee broken," 2.0). Sarcasm. "WERE meant"?! Not are?! Who wrote this?

"Getting Ahead" and "Trickle Down" Feminism: Sheryl Sandberg and "Lean In"

Dayna Tortorici "Lean Out Feminist struggles are labor struggles" November 2017

Gloria Steinem’s book of 1992 on self-esteem, Revolution from Within

 Universal Conscription in the U.S.

Mary Russo, The Female Grotesque: Risk, Excess and Modernity (1994)

Laura Kipnis, "Stupid Sex/Higher Education"

Michelle Obama & Tracee Ellis Ross in Conversation at the 2018 United State of Women Summit Time stamp 21:18

https://www.theunitedstateofwomen.org

Laura Kipnis May 29, 2015 "My Title IX Inquisition"

, "THE TROUBLE WITH TEACHING RAPE LAW" 2014

Do it yourself Slavoj Žižek:

Why Hulu's The Handmaid's Tale is a profoundly sexist, "sis"-gender utopia.

See also numerous TV series on Netflix about groups of upstanding, supremely competent, and sisterly younger women set back when the workplace was still segregated by gender and race. Cable Girls, Call the Mid-wife, Charite

The Birth Control Handbook: The Underground Student Publication That Let Women Take Control of Their Bodies (1968)

"Some people think little girls should be seen and but not heard. But I think . . . ."

The Sculpture of a “Fearless Girl” on Wall Street Is Fake Corporate Feminism

A Bunch of Bull? Wall Street Firm Behind ‘Fearless Girl’ Settles Gender Discrimination Suit

https://www.instyle.com/celebrity/badass-50-women

11. Inspirational and Motivational Speaking

"Be excellent to each other. Party on, dudes." Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure (1989)

2018-2019 Pay Program
June 6, 2018

Dear Faculty and Staff:

. . . . UF is blessed with exceptional faculty and staff, and I deeply appreciate your commitment to excellence.   

Warm regards,

W. Kent Fuchs
President
University of Florida

Bill Readings, The University in Ruins 1997 (The University of Ideas vs. the University of Excellence)

THE WAPO BLOCKED ME! LOL

Dorothea Lynde Dix, Remarks on Prisons and Prison Discipline in the United States

13. SOCIAL MEDIA, Cultural Appropriation, and Literary Criticism (the word "culture" as an evacuation of class);

More literary "hate speech":

The n-word used 108 times in Paul Beatty's prize-winning 308 page long satirical novel. When Trump says "the n-word" is really saying it without saying it?

The Sellout.

Jia Tolentino, Lionel Shriver Puts On a Sombrero New Yorker September 14, 2016

Lionel Shriver's full speech: 'I hope the concept of cultural appropriation is a passing fad'

Claire Lehmann, The Evils of Cultural Appropriation How victimhood became a moral currency dependent on defining and policing the boundaries of human identity

REMIX STUDIES

"Consequently, we see the eradication of the traditional distinction between production and consumption, creation and copy, readymade and original work, moving beyond a simple “art of appropriation”, which naturally infers an ideology of ownership, and instead towards a culture of constant activity based on a collective ideal: sharing."

Appropriation blues Cultural appropriation (here we go again)

13A. STUPORHEROES Feminist / sexist reduced to praise or denunication of superhero characters. Neoliberal writers and politicians become supeheroes and crime fighters!

BLACK PANTHER Trailer (2018)

The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution (2015)

Captain America Shields (for reals)

The weak symbology of neoliberalism:

wonder-woman-un-ambassador-gender-equality

remember-that-time-when-wonder-woman-was-a-u-n-ambassador

people-freaking-out-wonder-woman-armpit-hair-2017-4

wonder-womans-armpits-fixed-in-new-trailer/

IMO, the only thing more stupid than Social Justice Keyboard Warriors who are into identity politics, spend their time watching superhero movies, and take seriously questions like this one in Deadpool; I say, I think the only thing more stupid are white, male academics who criticize them in idiotic ways. Oh, wait. Perhaps even dumber are academics who talk earnestly about students needing "critical thinking skills." And I forgot about the people who ask if someone has "gone too far" or declares that somone "crossed the line." What a meaningless question. What a meaningless judgment. Am I being uncivil now? Unprofessional? Ugly? Even hateful?

14.The emptiness and silliness of elite "diversity."

Why You Must Never Major in Journalism (skim if you must, but don't read; roll your eyes; move on): Woke 101: If Starbucks struggled to teach about race, can universities on’ diversity curriculums do better?

 

Martin Heidegger on the "They" and "idle chatter" (Rede) in Being and Time.

15. Free Speech

Marc Lamont Hill at UN calls for "Free Palestine from the River to the Sea" to chorus of applause

CNN urged to fire Marc Lamont Hill for condoning Palestinian force against Israel

CNN Fires Marc Lamont Hill After Calling for Israel’s Destruction in UN Speech

WHO IS MARC LAMONT HILL? CNN COMMENTATOR DEFENDS COMMENTS ON PALESTINE AFTER UNITED NATIONS SPEECH

Laura Kipnis: Political Correctness is Now Eating the Left Too

This Professor Was Fired for Saying ‘Fuck No’ in Class

FIRE AT WILL:

The misuse of sexual-harassment policies by pusillanimous college administrators is creating a campus panic.

When reporter Andrew Goldman went to Louisiana State University to investigate the firing of a female academic for sexual harassment, he found that a chill wind blows through free speech on campus these days—and that sexual harassment might have nothing to do with sex.

Court rejects terminated professor's First Amendment suit against LSU, saying there's no meaningful connection between her vulgar language and training teachers.

Instructor suspended after using slur. Does it matter if he was singing along to a song a student played in class?

VICE CENSORS

The Cleaners (dir. Hans Block and Moritz Riesewieck, 2018)

MATTHEW Q. CLARIDA, "Law School Profs Condemn New Sexual Harassment Policy"
CRIMSON October 15, 2014

Why Black Lives Matter Had to Happen 2015

(Bernie Sanders gives over the microphone and stage to the protesters and lets them talk as long as they want to talk and say whatever they want to say. What matters is not so much what the protestors say but the fact that they can say it. This is called democracy.)

Compare the above to this scene: Democratic Convention of 1968 (debate over who has the microphone)

After Gaza Massacre, Has Israel Lost Liberal American Jews? 

So much for free speech and "hate speech":

43 Senators Want to Make It a Federal Crime to Boycott Israeli Settlements

The New Israel Anti-Boycott Act Is Still Unconstitutional

Landmark bill restricting criticism of Israel sneaks through South Carolina Senate

"The legislation codifies a definition of anti-Semitism that significantly changes the meaning of the word, and it requires the state’s colleges to use this new definition when determining whether an action is “discriminatory” and therefore prohibited. This new definition declares statements that are critical of Israel—even when factual“anti-Semitic” and therefore impermissible."

South Carolina’s New Hate Speech Law Outlaws Criticism of the Israeli Occupation 

In bill author Clemmons’ view, discussing the military occupation of the West Bank, a reality recognized even by Israel’s Supreme Court, would be considered anti-Semitic under the new South Carolina law.

Candace Owens on Her Journey From Left to Right  Sep 28, 2017

Moral Treatment

Neoliberalese ("very scientific!") and the privatized, corporate university

The Daze the (Neoliberal) Earth Stood Still: 

TEDs Controversy – 3 Threatening Talks They Tried to Censor

Pankaj Mishra, "Why do white people like what I write?" Vol. 40 No. 4 · 22 February 2018

The Powell Memo (also known as the Powell Manifesto) The Powell Memo was first published August 23, 1971

12. HUMAN RIGHTS

Mohamedou Ould Slahi, Larry Siems (Editor) Guantánamo Diary 2015

How Guantánamo Diary Escaped the Black Hole

Habeas Corpus in the U.S. (Infinite Detention: the National Defense Authorization Act signed by President Obama on December 31st, 2011 / 2013)

Dorothea Lynde Dix, Remarks on Prisons and Prison Discipline in the United States

Lester Spence, How Neoliberalism Infiltrated Black Politics

Innocent and Guilty Prisoners: Eleven Years without Charges at Gitmo


Andrew W. Kahrl, "The North’s Jim Crow," May 27, 2018

Walter Benn Michaels, "Who gets ownership of pain and victimhood?"

From The New Yorker

In this cogent jeremiad, which is certain to be controversial, Michaels diagnoses America's love of diversity as one of our greatest problems. Not only does it reinforce ideas of racial essentialism that it claims to repudiate; it obscures the crevasse between rich and poor. Michaels, a scholar of American literature, suggests that the growth of economic inequality over the past few decades is the result of a deeply ingrained and unchallenged class structure. Scrutinizing current events and religion, he argues that our fixation with the "phantasm" of race promotes identity over ideology, and he rejects the idea that meritocracy prevails in America's elite universities. A believer in the power of progressive politics, he calls for a debate in which class, rather than identity, would be at the fore. "You can be black and upper middle class, you can be gay and upper class, you can be transsexual and upper class, you can be a woman and be upper middle class, you can be an immigrant and upper class, but you can't be working class and upper middle class.  The University is (or was) an upper middle class institution and its culture and habitus (if you will) cannot tolerate working class culture: working class culture is what the University keeps out and what upwardly mobile students want to shed.  As Walter Michaels says, they want to stop being working class.  They don't want to do dangerous jobs, be poorly paid, have bad taste. . . . " 

--Sharon O'Dair


Walter Benjamin,"The Path to Success, in Thirteen Theses," in Walter Benjamin: Selected Writings, Volume 2: Part 1 1927–1930 ed. Michael Jennings, Harvard UP, 2005, pp

Stewart Lee on UKIP

“The Nixon campaign in 1968, and the Nixon White House after that, had two enemies: the antiwar left and black people. You understand what I’m saying? We knew we couldn’t make it illegal to be either against the war or black, but by getting the public to associate the hippies with marijuana and blacks with heroin, and then criminalizing both heavily, we could disrupt those communities. We could arrest their leaders, raid their homes, break up their meetings, and vilify them night after night on the evening news. Did we know we were lying about the drugs? Of course we did.”

Dan Baum, Harper's, April 2016 issue "Legalize It All" 

"Neoliberal Arts" Harper's Magazine 2015

Dickens, Charles. 1852. "A Ragged School," Harper's Magazine

Arthur Schopenhauer, "On University Philosophy" in Parerga and Paralipomena:Short Philosophical Essays Vol. 1 Ed. Christopher Janaway. (1851 / Cambridge University Press, 2015)

Arthur Schopenhauer, "The Art of Being Right" or, "The Art of Controversy"

Friedrich Nietzsche, "Schopenhauer as Educator" (1874)

Zero Squared #136: Lindsay Shepherd and Free Speech

Debunking the Bernie Bro Myth: Briahna Joy Gray Interview with Katie Halper

Two women debating the merits or flaws of HRC's policies before the 2016 election. One is a socialist woman of color. She got $15 minimum wage passed in Seattle with no help from the Democratic Party (they are against the 15 minimum). The other woman is white, a Democrat, a writer for neoliberal publications, and a self-avowed feminist.

Published on Nov 2, 2016
Michael Moore tweeted, "No women ever invented an atomic bomb, built a
smoke stack, initiated a Holocaust, melted the polar ice caps or
organized a school shooting," and was immediately and powerfully
corrected by screenwriter Jessica Ellis.

Lean In Feminism, as brought to you by FORD and TIME MAGAZINE!

The Randomly Selected Ford Sponsored LIST of FIRSTS INCLUDES NIKKI HALEY! And Madeleine Albright. And Hillary Clinton!

Firsts!

Jacques Derrida excoriating Giorgio Agamben in The Beast and the Sovereign Vol. 1, pp. 92-95 on "the first great thinker," adding "one no longer knows who was the first to define what." 2003

Jonathan Goldberg, What's with "Firsts" in (Good) Women Studies 1997

13. The neoliberal aesthetic

Apple TV screensavers

Tech elites are attending so-called songversations, gatherings that combine philosophical rap sessions with improvised music, run by a ukulele-strumming songstress who describes herself as a “heartist”

Documentaries:

Taxi to the Dark Side

Standrard Operating Procedure

Citizenfour

Why We Fight

The Fog of War

Fed Up

Is the United States no longer a democracy? Is it now an oligarchy? (How democratic was it ever?)

Neoconservatism = Neoliberalism?American Exceptionalism and Manifest Destiny

Against "Trigger Warnings" in Tablet: Jewish News

Is Multiculturalism Racism (and Sexism, etc)

Is Israel Destroying JudaismMore

Meir Dagan, a former Chief of Mossad, "accused Netanyahu’s policies of being “destructive to the future and security of Israel."' (2015)

Yonatan Mendel in LRB on the Israeli elections of 2015.

Income inequality in the United States

TEDs Controversy – 3 Threatening Talks They Tried to Censor

Arthur Schopenhauer, The Art of Being Right: 38 Ways to Win an Argument 

With respect, you're an idiot

HyperNormalisation

"Stupid Shit: (In)security in the Age of Twilightenment" (2008)

Russell Brand on MSNBC

Russell Brand with Jeremy Paxson on why we should not vote

The Trews with Russell Brand

Freud's Disruptive Student

My Blog

Autocorrect

Farhenheit 451 paratext

What Happens to #MeToo When a Feminist Is the Accused?

What your phone is doing to keep you glued First broadcast on Bringing Up Britain, 23 July 2018.

Alain Badiou, The True Life

 

How government bureaucracy used to be thought of, as a necessary, most functional, and perfectible (reformable) to help people live their lives better. A kind of technocracy. White collar crime, cover-ups could be exposed and corrected. Journalism as the Fourth Estate. Nixon resigns: "the system works." McCain in the 1990s: "The system is broken."

C’est important la gestion. Comme l’administration, d’ailleurs. C’est important. Il faut bien que le système tourne. Que les rouages engrènent. Et, finalement, nos élites gèrent plutôt bien. Ça marche. Tout fonctionne presque correctement. Ici et là, des erreurs et des imperfections mais il faut reconnaître que les routes sont praticables, les prises électriques fournissent du courant, les écoles donnent des cours, les hôpitaux soignent les malades, la police arrête les voleurs … Ça marche.

Et voilà tout le sens des réformes en cours : faire en sorte que ça marche encore mieux. J’ai confiance en la compétence de ceux qui proposent ces évolutions. Ils sont probablement bien intentionnés, bien formés et bien renseignés. Mais ce n’est pas là le problème.?

 

https://www.the-tls.co.uk/articles/private/depression-hari-connection-happiness/

How False Testimony and a Massive U.S. Propaganda Machine Bolstered George H.W. Bush’s War on Iraq

FAKE NEWS in the Opinion Section, LOL. Orson Welles would have loved this hoax, now a mockumentary relegated to te opinion pages.

Liberals Say John Podesta, Robby Mook Wrote the Russia Narrative 24 Hours After Hillary Lost

Americans can spot election meddling because they’ve been doing it for years

ON CONTACT: A critic of Neoliberalism Nov 10, 2018

Ralph Nader: Destroying the Myths of Market Fundamentalism

American Mythology and the loss of democracy

How Fraud Corrodes Weak Market Regulations Governed by Market Fundamentalism

Anonymous blows lid off huge psyop in Europe and it's funded by UK & US 23 Nov, 2018 16:30

New technology allows researchers to look beneath the layers of the Dutch master’s works, revealing some macabre details.

The Struggle to Advocate for Palestinians Has Never Been Easy Nov. 2018

Bill Keller on the New York Times's Definition of 'Torture' He says calling all Guantanamo interrogation "torture" would be "polemical" (2011)

 

Charity is the crack of the elites

The Graffiti of the Philanthropic Class

Dr. Charles W. Mills - The Racist Roots of Liberalism

GABOR MATÉ - DAMAGED LEADERS RULE AN ADDICTED WORLD!

Welcome to Planet Ponzi

by Mitch Feierstein 

On Contact: The Con Of Diversity

Jimmy Dore interviews Chris Hedges Oct 15 Full 3 parts

Nick Brana of MPP joins us as we explore the real lessons from the 2018

Chris Hedges interviews MPP’s Nick Braña on On Contact

https://www.forapeoplesparty.org

DOUGLAS RUSHKOFF, Democracy Is Not a Failed Experiment

Instead of seeking to represent us, the GOP has weaponized manipulation. Sadly, some Democrats are following suit

Professor Richard A. Walker's Pictures of a Gone City: Tech and the Dark Side of Prosperity in the San Francisco Bay Area

https://drive.google.com/drive

Too socialist for the suffragettes: the left’s forgotten women

Early female socialists never figure in any roll-call of great suffragettes, because they objected on principle to a campaign that would leave so many disenfranchised.

The Deadliest Massacre in Reconstruction-Era Louisiana Happened 150 Years Ago

In September 1868, Southern white Democrats hunted down around 200 African-Americans in an effort to suppress voter turnout

The next generation of graduates will include more borrowers who may never be able to repay.

Slavoj Žižek - Politeness and Civility in the Function of Contemporary Ideology

NY Times Russia Panic:

SIMON KUPER,The age of scepticism: from distrust to ‘deepfake’‘ How can we persuade people who don’t believe anything? That’s the question for our times’

THE SECOND COMING OF THE KKK
The Ku Klux Klan of the 1920s and the American Political Tradition
By Linda Gordon

Jonathan Taplin, "Rebirth of a Nation Can states’ rights save us from a second civil war?"

Corporate Crime Reporter 

Destroying The Myths of Market (Corporate) Fundamentalism Forum (MUST WATCH!)

vs.

I Am Not Your Negro (a recent documentary on Baldwin available on UF Kanopy) time stamp -23:13 on the Dick Cavett Show

Intersectionality vs standpoint theory

Intersectionality, Queer Eye and the Good Place

Uncivil rights Jill Lepore on the fraud and failure of Reconstruction

Meritocracy: From Kwame Anthony Appiah "The Red Baron":

Inspired by the meritocratic ideal, many people these days are committed to a view of how the hierarchies of money and status in our world should be organized. We think that jobs should go not to people who have connections or pedigree but to those best qualified for them, regardless of their background. Occasionally, we’ll allow for exceptions—for positive discrimination, say, to help undo the effects of previous discrimination. But such exceptions are provisional: when the bigotries of sex, race, class, and caste are gone, the exceptions will cease to be warranted. We’ve rejected the old class society. In moving toward the meritocratic ideal, we have imagined that we have retired the old encrustations of inherited hierarchies. As Michael Young knew, that’s not the real story.Young’s vision was decidedly dystopian. As wealth increasingly reflects the innate distribution of natural talent, and the wealthy increasingly marry one another, society sorts into two main classes, in which everyone accepts that they have more or less what they deserve. He imagined a country in which “the eminent know that success is a just reward for their own capacity, their own efforts,” and in which the lower orders know that they have failed every chance they were given. “They are tested again and again…. If they have been labeled ‘dunce’ repeatedly they cannot any longer pretend; their image of themselves is more nearly a true, unflattering reflection.”

But one immediate difficulty was that, as Young’s narrator concedes, “nearly all parents are going to try to gain unfair advantages for their offspring.” And when you have inequalities of income, one thing people can do with extra money is to pursue that goal. If the financial status of your parents helped determine your economic rewards, you would no longer be living by the formula that “I.Q. + effort = merit.”

Those cautions have, of course, proved well founded. In the United States, the top fifth of households enjoyed a $4 trillion increase in pretax income between 1979 and 2013—a trillion dollars more than came to all the rest. When increased access to higher education was introduced in the United States and Britain, it was seen as a great equalizer. But a couple of generations later, researchers tell us that higher education is now a great stratifier. Economists have found that many elite universities—including Brown, Dartmouth, Penn, Princeton, and Yale—take more students from the top one percent of the income distribution than from the bottom 60 percent. To achieve a position in the top tier of wealth, power, and privilege, in short, it helps enormously to start there. “American meritocracy,” the Yale law professor Daniel Markovits argues, has “become precisely what it was invented to combat: a mechanism for the dynastic transmission of wealth and privilege across generations.”

What should have been mechanisms of mobility had become fortresses of privilege. He saw an emerging cohort of mercantile meritocrats who can be insufferably smug, much more so than the people who knew they had achieved advancement not on their own merit but because they were, as somebody’s son or daughter, the beneficiaries of nepotism. The newcomers can actually believe they have morality on their side. So assured have the elite become that there is almost no block on the rewards they arrogate to themselves. The carapace of “merit,” Young argued, had only inoculated the winners from shame and reproach.

Decades of continuity In U.S. Foreign Policy, or the establishment exposed: 70 Years of NY Times headlines about Saudi Arabia reforming itself:

https://twitter.com/anhistorian/status/934080718816399361?

, The Right to Look: A Counterhistory of Visuality

Mulvey, Laura. “Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema.” Film Theory and Criticism : Introductory Readings. Eds. Leo Braudy and Marshall Cohen. New York: Oxford UP, 1999: 833-44.

Carol J. Clover, "Her Body, Himself: Gender in the Slasher Film" Representations, No. 20, Special Issue: Misogyny, Misandry, and Misanthropy (Autumn, 1987), pp. 187-228

Linda Williams, "Power, Pleasure, and Perversion: Sadomasochistic Film Pornography."

Representations, No. 27 (Summer, 1989), pp. 37-65.

"First boundlessness?" That "first" tic is so powerful the NY Times proofreader didn't even catch it when "vast" is obviously yhr intended adjective.

Failed Shock Absorption:

Morning Joe panel stunned by professor’s passionate case to ‘get out’ of Syria

Drinking the Kool-AID

Coup d'etat and Trump Time Stamp 17:00ff Ken Silverstein (From Harper's Magazine to Washington Babylon)

The Trump Presidency American Horror Story: Season 7 - Donald Trump

Trump Too Crazy for Netflix's House of Cards?

Robin Wright on 'House of Cards': 'Trump Stole All Our Ideas'

FIRSTS!

The First

(September 2018), written by the writer of House of Cards

James Baldwin on Education

Why James Baldwin's 'A Talk To Teachers' Remains Relevant 54 Years Later

The-desegregation-and-resegregation-of-charlottes-schools

Lynched for Drinking from a White Man’s Well

Thomas Laqueur

Neoliberal self-parody of #MeToo (2018 on NPR) 'It Just Felt Very Wrong': Sherman Alexie's Accusers Go On The Record

Corporate Feminism, #MeToo, and the Temperance Movement (and the Suffragettes 1986)

"Before she was an organizer for woman suffrage, Susan B. Anthony was an organizer for the Daughters of Temperance. Frances Willard and her Women’s Christian Temperance Union advocated votes for women, and there was a natural alliance between the movements: Empower women with the vote so they can protect themselves by placing legal restrictions on liquor."

--NY Times (2018)

The 1910s: ‘We have sanitised our history of the suffragettes’

MALLORY DIEFENBACH Women’s suffrage and temperance movements shared an uneasy alliance (2016)

Falsehood shames Clapper, Brennan and pledge to protect whistleblowers

BY JOHN SOLOMON, OPINION CONTRIBUTOR —  11/04/18 06:00 AM EST

VIDEO: A SHORT HISTORY OF U.S. MEDDLING IN FOREIGN ELECTIONS October 1 2018,

Thomas Frank on Rendezvous with Oblivion

Notice the difference in Frank's tone and demeanor, in the clip above this more recent, much angrier "this is crazy" in the clip below:

Thomas Frank on "positive thinking" in Inequality and Populism: The Vicious Circle

"Our stupid century" --Thomas Frank

"The Destruction of an Independent Press" with Mark Crispin Miller (On Contact, May 2018)

Again, notice the unusual (for TV) level of shock Miller's tone of voice as well as his remarks register.

Shirer, William L., Berlin Diary: The Journal of a Foreign Correspondent, 1934-1941 August 10, 1939 p. 172-73 (the Nazi's 1939 streamlined fake news about Poland = the U.S.'s streamlined fake news 2016 Russia)

Our Nazi "Gleichschaltung," the top down "streamlining" of all all media in all spheres. John Ausitn uses the German word in relation to philosophy in Sense and Sensibilia.

Alexis Grenell, "White Women, Come Get Your People

They will defend their privilege to the death."

Goucher College closes Art, Math, and a handful of other departments — promises new departments

A University of Wisconsin campus pushes plan to drop 13 majors — including English, history and philosophy

EKU board finalizes program closures and 153 job cuts. Two sports teams eliminated.

It's Time To Worry When Colleges Erase Humanities Departments

When I Knew My Job Was Over (Time Stamp 2:33)

David Sirota,Yes, let's wipe out, Trump. But take neoliberal Democrats with him, too


THE “HUMAN RIGHTS CAMPAIGN” HAS TOTALLY BETRAYED ITS CONSTITUENTS

Acadia fires Rick Mehta after fire storm over comments

An entertaining BBC documentary HyperNormalisation (dir. Adam Curtis, 2016)

--Lester Spence, Knocking the Hustle

Neoliberalism in The Black Community - Bill Fletcher with Dr Lester Spence

Btw, neoliberals and neoconservatives now openly embrace each other. Neoliberalconservatism is an ideology not specific to a political party. What Exactly Is Neoliberalism? (the free market knows best; pro-Wall Street; pro-finance capitalism--bail out "too big to fail" banks in 2008; authoritarian; anti-whistleblowers; pro-ICE; pro-drone warfare; elitist; anti-democracy; anti-teachers; anti-nurses; anti-working class; anti- "basket of deplorables"; pro-oligarchy; pro-one-percent; anti-Democratic Socialists like Bernie Sanders; pro-globalization; anti-liberal arts in higher education (pro-STEM)

There is a neoliberal Madison Ave lexiCON [buzzwords] used by politicians as well as public relations people covering for businesses dating back to the early 1990s, in some cases dating back to the 1960s. The words in This lexiCON have, imo, been emptied out, exhausted of meaning. Still, the words get used even though they have been used up, the euphemisms and obfuscations easily seen through: "enhance"; "upgrade"; "values"; "entitlements" (actually, "earned benefits"); "entitled"; anti-privacy; pro-corporate censorship; pro-wars (the more the merrier); "naviagte"; " negotiate"; transform"; "transformatory" (because transformational just wasn't good enough); anti-government regulation; indifferent to climate change; "not consistent with our values"; "our core values"; "incremental change"; "brand youself" (be an innovating, disruptive entrepreneur); "has a real problem"; "makers"; "needs to . . . "; X person "needs to be held accountable"; anti-whistleblowers (the are traitors); "centrists"; "moderates"; "disruption" [as positive]; "agency"; "representation"; "inclusion"; "diversity"; unspecified "misconduct"; "change" [always only for the good, as if guided by Providence]; "excellence"; "aspirational"; "meritocracy"; "globalization"; "innovation"; "LEADERSHIP"; "problematic"; against freedom of speech; "I am reaching out"; "move forward";"overwhelmed"; "accountability"; "inappropriate"; "respectability" (to get respect, you have to be respectable, i.e. be a member of the professional classes); "transparent"; "collaborative" "we need data"; "behaviors"; "positive social change"; politics sounds like advertising campaign (Girl Boss etc clothing); allegations are taken as proven facts; "accountability"; "entrepreneurs"; anti-unions; anti-populism (the people don't know what is good for them; they can be fooled"); "gets things done" (those things are never specified; pro-student debt; anti-Millenials; pro-payday lending; anti-New Deal / Keynesian Welfare State and social contract; anti-poor people [the "undeserving poor"]; pro-training seminars; absence of ideas; Title IX expansion by President Obama's "Dear Colleagues" letter; pro-weapons industry and arms sales; "incremental change" [code for "keep the status quo"]; "toxic."

--From Movie Pass email, CEO explaining to customers why they are getting cheated.

"The offensive attitudes and statements discovered on James' Twitter feed are indefensible and inconsistent with our studio's values, and we have severed our business relationship with him," Walt Disney Studios chairman Alan Horn said in a statement Friday.

The offensive tweets came to light after conservative website The Daily Caller dug up the social media posts, which were mostly posted in 2008 and 2009.

The [Tony] Blairites attempted to a new orthodoxy around a single word: "aspiration."

Aspire to what?

For neoliberal pieties, see also "national conversation" and "I just want to be a part of the conversation" and "I just want t create a space for"

Everyone loves "disruption," even some educators:

"If we hope to cultivate a disruptive pedagogy, a risk pedagogy, a critical pedagogy of emotion in an academic setting, what kinds of “texts” might we use in addition to [Ed. note: or instead of???] traditional academic texts?"

--Written by an actual professor at a top ten public university

Upgrade your jail cell - for a price

austerity fails.mp4

"What the hell is going on?"
Bob Schieffer on "embarrassing" Scaramucci in...

“Truth Isn’t Truth” – ‘Meet The Press’ Exchange With Rudolph Giuliani

Don't be paranoid!

Digital neoliberal Silicone Valley aesthetic:

AppleTV screensavers

Innovation Lab

In the neoliberal imagination, there is no room for losers. But the total elimination of losers must be perpetually deferred to a never arriving future of total winnerdom.

"Our stupid century" --Thomas Frank

 

American Socialist: The Life and Times of Eugene Victor Debs

Arno J. Mayer, The Persistence of the Ancien Regime: Europe to the Great War

"Charity Is the Opiate Of Capitalism" - Nellie McKay