Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Noam on Education and Collapse

Two recent pieces from Noam Chomsky, highlighted below, illustrate how narrow the conversations have become in our media... the idea's in these two pieces from Chomsky are brilliant, but NEVER available in the main stream media for conversation. This fact alone makes laughable any discussion regarding the "liberal" nature of our corporate media. If you want to understand how that works, scroll to the bottom and order Chomsky's "Manufacturing Consent: The Political Economy and the Mass Media"...

Public Education Under Massive Corporate Assault — What's Next?
"There's, furthermore, no way to measure the human and social costs of converting schools and universities into facilities that produce commodities for the job market, abandoning the traditional ideal of the universities. Creating creative and independent thought and inquiry, challenging perceived beliefs, exploring new horizons and forgetting external constraints. That's an ideal that's no doubt been flawed in practice, but to the extent that it's realized is a good measure of the level of civilization achieved."
Click HERE for the rest

America In Decline
"Corporate power’s ascendancy over politics and society—by now mostly financial—has reached the point that both political organizations, which at this stage barely resemble traditional parties, are far to the right of the population on the major issues under debate.

For the public, the primary domestic concern is unemployment. Under current circumstances, that crisis can be overcome only by a significant government stimulus, well beyond the recent one, which barely matched decline in state and local spending—though even that limited initiative probably saved millions of jobs.

For financial institutions the primary concern is the deficit. Therefore, only the deficit is under discussion. A large majority of the population favor addressing the deficit by taxing the very rich (72 percent, 27 percent opposed), reports a Washington Post-ABC News poll. Cutting health programs is opposed by overwhelming majorities (69 percent Medicaid, 78 percent Medicare). The likely outcome is therefore the opposite."
Read the rest by clicking HERE

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