Political Economy, Education, and the Future: More Paulo Freire

Published online 27 December 2006. Part Two of Two Parts.  In this diary, I will suggest that one of the main difficulties with making a “pedagogy of the oppressed” (a la Paulo Freire) possible in an American political context is the situation with American political economy.  Americans have a difficult time imagining themselves as being… Read More Political Economy, Education, and the Future: More Paulo Freire

For a movement to defend the right to live off of the land

Published online 1 January 2007. The main social developments in the world over the last thirty years or so have been 1) the imposition of neoliberal economics over nearly every one of the world’s economies, and 2) the fantastic growth in slums that have accompanied the explosion of urban capitalism in the neoliberal era.  Using… Read More For a movement to defend the right to live off of the land

Tribune Corp. propaganda arm: “Those evil Peace Studies departments!”

Published online 2 September 2007. The Los Angeles Times, a subsidiary newspaper of Tribune Corp., has as its lead editorial in today’s Opinion section a denunciation of “Peace Studies” departments: “The Peace Racket,” by Bruce Bawer.  This piece reveals many of the core assumptions of anti-peace neoconservative propaganda, so it’s worth a line-by-line examination. Today’s… Read More Tribune Corp. propaganda arm: “Those evil Peace Studies departments!”

Marx/ Prashad/ OPOL: Radicalism in a neoliberal age

Published online 24 September 2007. Crossposted at Docudharma This is a defense of OPOL’s diary “Why I Am A Radical.”  Some of the respondents thought that OPOL wasn’t “really a radical,” others thought that   our “solution” to present-day political problems should focus on the election of Hillary or Obama or Edwards or whomever, more… Read More Marx/ Prashad/ OPOL: Radicalism in a neoliberal age