At The Financial Times: Anne-Marie Slaughter chatters about ‘Education’ viewing it through a Neo-Liberal lens, Political Reporter comments (Revised)

Ms. Slaughter begins her disappointing, even trivializing essay framed by part of the catechism of Neo-Liberalism  ‘the global market in education’. Education is civic concern with nothing to do with the worshipers of Market Discipline. The Charter School movement in America, that has produced massive fraud to the tune of 3.3 billion dollars of looted public funds, has passed by this writer. So does the continuing crisis in American Education, since the rise of Mario Savio and The Free Speech movement in 1964 to the political present, escapes this political conformist’s ken. But Ms. Slaughter does manage this  exercise in ‘Neo-Liberal Futurism’ :

High walls and high prices are an invitation for digital disrupters to find new ways to compete.

For the particulars on New America Foundation- what America needs of is another propaganda outlet for policy technocrats between government jobs- see this SourceWatch  entry:

The New America Foundation is a Washington D.C.-headquartered think tank which states that it “invests in new thinkers and new ideas to address the next generation of challenges facing the United States … With an emphasis on big ideas, impartial analysis and pragmatic solutions, New America invests in outstanding individuals whose ability to communicate to wide and influential audiences can change the country’s policy discourse in critical areas, bringing promising new ideas and debates to the fore.”[1]

The foundation, which was launched in 1999, has as its CEO Steve Coll, a staff writer with The New Yorker magazine while the chairman of the Board of Directors is the Chairman & CEO of Google, Eric Schmidt.[1]

For the New America Foundation ties to the political reactionary Peter G. Peterson Foundation see this SourceWatch entry:

Peter G. Peterson, born June 5, 1926, is a controversial Wall Street billionaire who uses his wealth to underwrite a diversity of organizations and PR campaigns to generate public support for slashing Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid, citing concerns over “unsustainable” federal budget deficits. In 2007, he made a fortune from the public offering of the private equity firm he co-founded, Blackstone Group, and pledged to spend $1 billion of this money to “fix America’s key fiscal-sustainability problems.” He endowed this money to the Peter G. Peterson Foundation, which he launched in 2008 (see below for more).[1] His son, Michael A. Peterson, is the President and Chief Operating Officer of the foundation.

Ms. Slaughter’s pose as concerned public intellectual, under the descriptor of an ersatz Progressivism, and its alliance with the Peterson  clique, in the cause of education, is just part of her attempt at self-rescue, from her catastrophic intellectual interventions in the area of Foreign Policy. As a regular reader of The Financial Times, this essay reads as if it were dictated to secretary and revised, in a few hurried free moments, during a busy schedule.

Political Reporter


About stephenkmacksd

Rootless cosmopolitan,down at heels intellectual;would be writer. 'Polemic is a discourse of conflict, whose effect depends on a delicate balance between the requirements of truth and the enticements of anger, the duty to argue and the zest to inflame. Its rhetoric allows, even enforces, a certain figurative licence. Like epitaphs in Johnson’s adage, it is not under oath.'
This entry was posted in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.