The. Most. Brilliant. Review. of. “Reign. of. Error.” Ever.

Yes. This is at the core of what I’ve been saying – most recently (in a comment on your site) here:

I realize it’s just the comment section of a (great) blog, so I avoided getting into the particulars (economics, philosophy, the Chicago boys, the IMF, etc.) and instead attempted to focus people’s attention toward learning about neoliberalism for themselves, where fun ideas like creative destruction are there for all to see.

People can start educating themselves here:

In my last comment, I tried to emphasize the importance of getting politically active and making common cause with different people and different groups – because we’re all fighting the same enemy. Yep, I said it: Enemy. It won’t be easy because we have to reinvent the wheel of a mass movement. We need the strength that comes from solidarity. Yep, I said it: Solidarity. People need to understand the fight for public education is a battle in a larger war. We need to have a sense of urgency. Something I see lacking in most people except for the likes of Chris Hedges and Diane Ravitch (though it is tempered by her great equanimity).

As I said, in the next manufactured crisis, instead of stealing a little at a time (cutting COLA raises, etc.) as they are now, they will take all of your pension.

Understand, then, organize for radical systemic change. At this point the only other choice is letting corporations rule over and shape every aspect of our lives.

Diane Ravitch's blog

I just finished reading the review of Reign of Error in Commonweal, a magazine edited by independent lay Catholics, and I am speechless (almost). Written by Jackson Lears, a cultural historian at Rutgers University, the review brilliantly explains the underlying effort to transform public education through “creative disruption” and turn it into a commodity.

Why have our society’s leaders fallen in love with the idea of “creative destruction” or “creative disruption,” he asks.

Like journalists praising war from the safety of their keyboards, economists celebrate the insecurities of entrepreneurship from a comfortable distance. The prototype was the Harvard economist Joseph Schumpeter. In the bucolic solitude of his Connecticut estate, he coined the term “creative destruction” to refer to the role of entrepreneurial innovation in capitalist development: the inevitable mass firings and factory closings that accompanied the adoption of labor-saving technology.

Yes, indeed, it is “creative,” because it is not their…

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