Dr. Jack Rasmus. DR.
Mohsen Abdelmoumen: In your very interesting book Epic Recession: Prelude to Global Depression, you make a wise review and provide solutions. Why is the crisis inevitable?
Dr. Jack Rasmus: Because the solutions applied to the last crisis will inevitably lead to a more generalized, and potentially deeper and more serious crisis next time. Here’s how: the excess liquidity injected by the central banks to stabilize the financial markets after 2008-09 has been generating even more debt and debt leveraged investment. That has created financial asset bubbles today in global stocks, junk bonds, leveraged loans, triple BBB (junk) rated investment grade bonds, bubbles in derivatives and other asset markets, commercial real estate, etc. Lire la suite »
Dr. Peter Hudis. DR.
Mohsen Abdelmoumen: You wrote the relevant book « Frantz Fanon: Philosopher of the Barricades« . Why such an interest in Fanon’s work?
Dr. Peter Hudis: There is indeed a renaissance of interest in Fanon’s work in the last several years (my book is only one of many that have appeared). I think there are two reasons for this. The first is the objective changes in global capitalism, which is generating racial discrimination and racism on a huge scale. Racism, and especially anti-black racism, is not new to capitalism; as the history of the U.S. shows, class relations have been shaped by racial factors since the birth of the colonial project. This is why any “purely class” analysis always fails when applied to U.S. society. Lire la suite »
Dr. Wayne Ross: « The fear created by precarious existence in the neoliberal world discourages critical thinking »
Dr. Wayne Ross. DR. (Photo: Documento News Athens, Greece)
Mohsen Abdelmoumen: In your book Neoliberalism and education reform, you make an alarming observation of the era of neoliberalism. Can we have a school of knowledge under a neoliberal policy? Simply, can we have an education under the neoliberal yoke? Are neoliberalism and education compatible?
Dr. Wayne Ross: In short, the answer in no, education and neoliberalism are not compatible. At root this incompatibility stems from the antipathetic relationship between capitalism and democracy, but let me elaborate on education and neoliberalism. Lire la suite »
Robert Hunziker. DR.
Mohsen Abdelmoumen: How do you explain the failure of all climate conferences? And what is still the utility of these conferences?
Robert Hunziker: The reason for failure of the Conference of the Parties (“COP”) has primarily been a result of sharp differentiation of opinion between “developed countries” and “developing countries” with the latter insisting that the developed countries should carry the burden of resolving, and controlling or reducing planetary climate change as a result of their spewing excessive emissions, principally carbon dioxide (CO2). Lire la suite »
In the current historical moment in the United States, the emptying out of language is nourished by the assault on the civic imagination. One example of this can be found in the rise of Donald Trump on the political scene. Trump’s popular appeal speaks to not just the boldness of what he says and the shock it provokes, but the inability to respond to shock with informed judgment rather than titillation. Marie Luise Knott is right in noting, « We live our lives with the help of the concepts we form of the world. They enable an author to make the transition from shock to observation to finally creating space for action – for writing and speaking. Just as laws guarantee a public space for political action, conceptual thought ensures the existence of the four walls within which judgment operates. » (1) The concepts that now guide our understanding of US society are dominated by a corporate-induced linguistic and authoritarian model that brings ruin to language, politics and democracy itself. Lire la suite »