America's Education Deficit and the War on Youth

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10.
Dangerous Pedagogy in
the Age of Casino Capitalism:
Reclaiming the Radical Imagination

ALL OVER THE WORLD, the forces of neoliberalism are on the march, dismantling the historically guaranteed social provisions provided by the welfare state, defining profit-making and market freedoms as the essence of democracy, and diminishing state regulation of the economy. At the same time that the forces of privatization, deregulation, and financial marketization tighten their grip on all aspects of society, the social state is transformed into the punishing state and increasingly violates civil liberties as part of an alleged war against terrorism. Echoing the ideology of Margaret Thatcher, advocates of neoliberalism appear secure in their dystopian vision that there are no alternatives to a market society as they work assiduously to undermine any viable notion of collective resistance, the public good, and democracy itself by celebrating the inevitability of economic laws in which the ethical ideal of intervening in the world gives way to the idea that we “have no choice but to adapt both our hopes and our abilities to the new

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