[Marxism] From the latest London Review

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Wed Aug 17 11:50:29 MDT 2011


Stefan Collini
The Dismantling of the Universities

Since perhaps the 1970s, certainly the 1980s, official discourse 
has become increasingly colonised by an economistic idiom, which 
is derived not strictly from economic theory proper, but rather 
from the language of management schools, business consultants and 
financial journalism. British society has been subject to a 
deliberate campaign, initiated in free-market think tanks in the 
1960s and 1970s and pushed strongly by business leaders and 
right-wing commentators ever since, to elevate the status of 
business and commerce and to make ‘contributing to economic 
growth’ the overriding goal of a whole swathe of social, cultural 
and intellectual activities which had previously been understood 
and valued in other terms.


Corey Robin
Downgrading Obama

The debt crisis confronting the Obama administration is the 
product of war and taxes. There is little dispute that the origins 
of the crisis predate Obama’s election. When George W. Bush took 
office in 2001, the US had a $2 trillion budget surplus. Many 
believed that if the country merely continued on the path set by 
Bill Clinton, the national debt, then $5.7 trillion, would be 
eliminated by the end of the decade. Bush chose a different way.


Thomas Powers
Malcolm X

How to be black in America was the challenge for spirited young 
men of colour who found their way to Harlem in the troubled years 
of the 1940s, when music, poetry, dance and art were giving way to 
drink, drugs, street crime and sex for money. Malcolm Little’s 
first impulse was to cut loose in the big city where he found 
himself soon after his 17th birthday in 1942.

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