Monday, May 21, 2012
Tom Abel — Goodbye Faculty: What’s the point of a university anyway?
This is one of the most important posts you will read this year.
I have been writing about the underlying strategy for implementation of a global institutional fascism that combines economic neoliberalism, political neoconservatism, and neocolonialism into the next iteration of neo-imperialism, or "super-imperialism (Michael Hudson) through technological innovation.
This process began with the "endless war" post WWII that underlies "military Keynesianism" as the driving economic force of the US economy. It combined with central bank independence and the institution of a command economy under monetarism. Then it blossomed into financialization and rent extraction through Reaganomics and Rubinomics. Labor had already been "disciplined" by legislation and regulation, as well as the use of a buffer stock of unemployed as a tool to control inflation under monetarism.
This process accelerated exponentially post 9/11, when the Bush II administration made its move to solidify global hegemony not only through foreign policy but by instituting de facto dictatorship in the US. This policy has been extended and significantly by the Obama administration.
One of the last gears in the machine is education. This article is about the use of technology not only to privatize education as a profit center for rent extraction but also to use it as a global propaganda tool to inculcate the perception that the modern equivalent of slavery is actually "freedom." Gaining control of the educational system and credentialing system is key to establishing control and maintaining it permanently.
Is this a consciously coordinated conspiracy. I would like to think not. The problem with conspiracy theories often lies in the complexity of coordination that would be required. I think that this is an institutional process run amok, although, to be sure, there are aspects of it that have been orchestrated consciously and intentionally.
Historically, elite control was maintained culturally through dominant institutions rather than by overt force, although force was always available and was called to the fore as needed. Previously, normative religion played a key role in this, in league with the state.
Now the institution of religion has been replaced by interconnected institutions controlled by a elite class, generally speaking the ownership and top managerial class, with the military and security forces in the background. Just as religion enabled some to ascend the ladder of advancement without birth or previous wealth gave the impression of the possibility of upward mobility based on merit, so too does the present system.That's the con.
Read it at A Prosperous Way Down
Goodbye Faculty: What’s the point of a University anyway?
by Tom Abel