As Parents Struggle To Repay College Loans for Their Children, Taxpayers Also Stand To Lose
By Marian Wang
By Henry A. Giroux
Under the regime of neoliberalism, especially in the United States, war has become an extension of politics as almost all aspects of society have been transformed into a combat zone. Americans now live in a society in which almost everyone is spied on, considered a potential terrorist, and subject to a mode of state and corporate lawlessness in which the arrogance of power knows no limits. The state of exception has become normalized. Moreover, as society becomes increasingly militarized and political concessions become relics of a long-abandoned welfare state hollowed out to serve the interest of global markets, the collective sense of ethical imagination and social responsibility toward those who are vulnerable or in need of care is now viewed as a scourge or pathology.
What has emerged in this new historical conjuncture is an intensification of the practice of disposability in which more and more individuals and groups are now considered excess, consigned to zones of abandonment, surveillance and incarceration. Moreover, this politics of disappearance has been strengthened by a fundamental intensification of increasing depoliticization, conducted largely through new modes of spying and the smothering, if not all-embracing, market-driven power of commodification and consumption.
By Marian Wang New Department of Education data shows rising default rates on federal loans to parents. Parents are increasingly struggling to repay federal loans they’ve taken out to help cover their children’s college costs, according to newly released federal … Continue reading
By Glenn E. Martin After 40 years of waging a failed war on crime in poor communities, conservative and progressive policy makers finally are being compelled to release the pressure valve and find ways to reform our troubled criminal justice … Continue reading
Journalist Chris Hedges details the lawsuit, Hedges v. Obama, in which he and other plaintiffs– including Noam Chomsky, Daniel Ellsberg and Alexa O’Brien– are fighting to overturn the military’s right to detain US citizens indefinitely, without due process.
Sarah Jaffe reports on teachers’ unions and strikes around the US that are beginning to win battles and garner community support. The extensive cuts and austerity measures levied against teachers and public education have inspired protests and negotiations in increasing numbers.
Robin Marty details Texas Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott’s strategy of using women as campaign surrogates to better relate to women voters in light of Texas GOP policies that hurt women’s rights and equality. Abbott’s spokeswomen are insisting that equal pay initiatives are unnecessary.
In this article, Tim Johnson examines the circumstances surround the recent killing of a Mexican teen by US Border Patrol. This recent death raises issues regarding numerous shootings by Border Patrol with minimal legal consequences.
Panayota Gounari details the extreme neoliberal climate and austerity measures in Greece– including privatization, de-industrialization, cuts in public welfare, and heightened securitization– and the devastating toll it takes on human lives. Gounari calls “social necrophilia” the policies that cause the “physical, material, social and financial destruction of human beings.”
Jeff Bryant examines the charter school movement in New York City and the new mayor, Bill de Blasio’s stance. Though not ourtrightly against charter schools, he is calling attention to the students that are excluded and underserved by the new schools.