Category Archives: Past Feature

The University of the Spectacle

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by James Compton The whole life of those universities in which modern conditions of managerialism prevail presents itself as an immense accumulation of spectacles. All scholarship that was once directly lived has become mere representation. I am reminded of this … Continue reading




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The Canadian University and the War Against Omar Khadr

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Tyler J. Pollard interviews David L. Clark Omar Khadr is a Canadian citizen who spent the first ten years of his life moving back and forth between Canada and Pakistan. In 1996 at the age of ten, he moved with … Continue reading




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One Year After Closing, How Are Chicago’s Public Schools Now?

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By Yana Kunichoff In the fall of 2012, the fear of school closings was one of the main catalysts for the historic Chicago Teachers Union strike, which saw tens of thousands of teachers walk off the job. The Chicago Public Schools district … Continue reading




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Henry Giroux on Disposable Life

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This lecture with Public Intellectuals Project director, Henry A. Giroux, is part of the stunning “Disposable Life” project, launched in January 2014 Brad Evans’ Histories of Violence initiative. In this interview, Dr. Giroux takes up disposability through its relationship with the myriad forms of … Continue reading




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As Parents Struggle To Repay College Loans for Their Children, Taxpayers Also Stand To Lose

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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




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“Risk Assessment” Cannot Solve Systemic Injustice of Prisons

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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




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A Tortured Twist on Ethics

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By Yosef Brody Why isn’t the American Psychological Association pursuing ethics charges against psychologist John Leso for abuses he helped carry out at the Guantánamo prison? George Orwell wisely observed that our understanding of the past, and the meaning associated … Continue reading




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The Economics of Immiseration, the Politics of Seduction

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By Joseph Natoli The economics of immiseration would be impossible without the politics of seduction, and capitalism’s appeal to our unconscious will to power and domination is not easily countered. “The domain of seduction is the sacred horizon of appearances.” … Continue reading




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New Report: Fortune 100 Companies Have Received a Whopping $1.2 Trillion in Corporate Welfare Recently

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By Aaron Cantú Most of us are aware that the government gives mountains of cash to powerful corporations in the form of tax breaks, grants, loans and subsidies–what some have called “corporate welfare.” However, little has been revealed about exactly … Continue reading




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Academia Under the Influence

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By Eleanor J. Bader While we may tend to romanticize universities as bastions of free thought and intellectual rigor, Piya Chatterjee and Sunaina Maira’s new book, The Imperial University: Academic Repression and Scholarly Dissent, demonstrates their subjection to the same ideological … Continue reading




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