A most excellent interview of Henry Giroux about the neoliberalism plague:

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      The Language of Neoliberal Education

      "Poverty is the parent of revolution and crime" - Aristotle "The more I see of the moneyed peoples, the more I understand the guillotine" - George Bernard Shaw "Those who make peaceful revolution impossible, will make violent revolution inevitable" - JFK "If wars can be started by lies, they can be stopped by truth." ~ Julian Assange #SurviveAndRevolt

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      Good summary.

      Got me thinking… we now have one or more generations of young people who have grown up being hover-parented, addicted to their phones, mis-educated in systems increasingly focussed away from critical or creative thinking, etc.  Possible results may include not only that more young people are ill-prepared to act as potential agents of effective political change, but all that hover-parenting also preoccupied their parents, making them less attentive to the neoliberal efforts…  I’m wondering if the latter was intentional.

      What brought all that hovering about, anyway, esp. when more households needed more parents employed than when I came up?  Did it have to do with working moms overcompensating for not being able to stay home with their kids, or non-working moms feeling like they needed to make their work as homemakers look more like a “real job”?  (Note, I’m NOT saying I think homemaking isn’t a real job; but I’ve certainly met homemakers who believed that others felt that way and were defensive about it.)

      Or was it all, part, or none of the above, coupled with cultural conditioning deliberately fostered by the 1%, the better to keep everyone focussed on anything other than their depredations?

      Destruction is easy; creation is hard, but more interesting.

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      Sports, music, dance, assorted enrichment programs,  test prep programs, camps—the list seems unending.  I did not have kids, so this is based on observation only.  What I’ve seen is a whole industry of stuff designed to keep the kids and their parents so damn busy they don’t have time to think.  Maybe that’s the point?

      Also, kids have less unstructured play time,  which I suspect has a negative effect on development.

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