[Marxism] From the latest London Review

Alistair Boyd-Bell andrensath at gmail.com
Wed Aug 17 15:01:44 MDT 2011

These articles seem to be behind a paywall, is this the case for anyone
On Aug 18, 2011 5:51 AM, "Louis Proyect" <lnp3 at panix.com> wrote:
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> http://www.lrb.co.uk/v33/n16/stefan-collini/from-robbins-to-mckinsey
> 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.
> http://www.lrb.co.uk/v33/n16/corey-robin/the-war-on-tax
> 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.
> http://www.lrb.co.uk/v33/n16/thomas-powers/too-fast
> 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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