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Practicing Enlightenment: Public Intellectualism and a New Vision for Transforming the Public Sphere

In his 2002 book titled Public Intellectuals: A Study of Decline, Richard Posner laments many of the shortcomings he sees in our current generation of public intellectuals. For one, Posner criticizes the biased, careless and largely uninformed ways in which … Continue reading

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From Training Corporate Cogs to Teaching the Real Thing: Stanley Aronowitz’s Vision for Transforming Higher Education

In The Knowledge Factory: Dismantling the Corporate University and Creating True Higher Learning, Stanley Aronowitz begins by boldly asserting “there is little that would qualify as higher learning in the United States” (Aronowitz xvii). Loosely defining ‘higher learning’ as the … Continue reading

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Thoughts on David Harvey’s “Rebel Cities”

“There’s class warfare, all right, but it’s my class, the rich class, that’s making war, and we’re winning.”     –Warren Buffett In Rebel Cities: From the Right to the City to the Urban Revolution, David Harvey reminds us that cities … Continue reading

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An Empire of Indifference: American War and the Financial Logic of Risk Management

Check out the slide show Frankie Medina and I put together to help facilitate our 11/6 class discussion on Randy Martin’s book, An Empire of Indifference: American War and the Financial Logic of Risk Management.

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Information Capitalism’s Solution to Structural Unemployment: A (Prison) Laboring Neo-Lumpenproletariat

In Structural Unemployment and the Qualitative Transformation of Capitalism, Thomas A. Hirschl asks an important rhetorical question: “If electronics technology replaces labor, where will the jobs be in ‘information capitalism’?” (Hirschl 160). The short answer is, in Hirschl’s own words, … Continue reading

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A ‘you didn’t build that’ look at digital capitalism

In The Political Economy of International Communications: Foundations for the Emerging Global Debate about Media Ownership and Regulation, Robert W. McChesney and Dan Schiller expand upon and reiterate many of the ideas introduced earlier by Schiller in Digital Capitalism: Networking … Continue reading

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Structural Unemployment: A Formula for Revolution?

It’s hard not to notice the relentless “jobs” rhetoric tossed about by both parties in the current presidential race. From what I’ve gathered (for my own sanity I try to remain a casual observer), when it comes to sound bites … Continue reading

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