Tuesday, June 24, 2014

David Blacker: The Falling Rate of Learning & the Neoliberal Endgame

…makes a powerful case that in the present phase of capitalism, our rulers are abandoning the previous era’s principle of universal education. No shit.
Blacker’s specific focus is on education in the Western states but his contextualisation also includes hard-hitting analyses of political economy, environmental degradation and socialist strategy. The book is written in an erudite but witty style that leaves the reader with the clear and distinct impression that the next few decades will decide the fate of the human race. Blacker ominously warns us that the current global hegemony of the capitalist order presents most of our species with a grim choice: ‘we are subject to the harsh survivalist disjunction - we will have to kill it before it kills us’ (p.19).
Read a review of the The Falling Rate of Learning and the Neoliberal Endgame in Counterfire and listen to an interview (one of many) with David J. Blacker,

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