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  •  The neo-liberal economics used to be called "the (2+ / 0-)
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    anarchyintheusa, rdsathene

    Washington consensus" with both parties and the elites all agreeing on the core points. Now we have a Washington Consensus on education deform.  Not surprisingly Obama touts his ed deform agenda as an example of awesome bipartisanship . And last week, Mitch Daniels gave him a shout-out for the same. It is notable because these days it is very rare for Repubs to praise Obama.

    And see my signature for a very apt quote of George Carlin on bipartisanship.

    "The word bipartisan means some larger-than-usual deception is being carried out”. - George Carlin

    by Funkygal on Wed Feb 01, 2012 at 02:52:39 AM PST

    •  Spot on (1+ / 0-)
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      The phrase Washington Consensus for policies that first saw implementation as IMF and World Bank "structural adjustments" predates the word we use to describe those policies today — neolberalism. I often provide the same reminder that you just did @Funkygirl, since it's critical to remember that this is a shared project of the ruling class, and that all of their narrative centers from accepting the "logic" of neoliberalism. The current administration is no different in its implementation of neoliberalism than the previous four administrations, in fact, in terms of education, it has been far worse than its predecessors.

      Thanks for the Carlin quote.

      I love this pertinent quote as well:

      "We need to say no to the neoliberal fatalism that we are witnessing at the end of this century, informed by the ethics of the market, an ethics in which a minority makes most profits against the lives of the majority. In other words, those who cannot compete, die. This is a perverse ethics that, in fact, lacks ethics. I insist on saying that I continue to be human...I would then remain the last educator in the world to say no: I do not accept...history as determinism. I embrace history as possibility [where] we can demystify the evil in the perverse fatalism that characterizes the neoliberal discourse in the end of this century." — Paulo Freire and Donaldo Macedo in Ideology Matters

      "Problem posing education does not and cannot serve the interests of the oppressor" -- Paulo Freire

      by rdsathene on Wed Feb 01, 2012 at 11:59:17 AM PST

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