Thursday, March 21, 2013
Chomsky: Corporations and the Richest Americans Viscerally Oppose Common Good - from AlterNet
March 7, 2013 |
Whether public education contributes to the Common Good depends, of course, on what kind of education it is, to whom it is available, and what we take to be theCommon Good. There’s no need to tarry on the fact that these are highly contested matters, have been throughout history, and continue to be so today.
One of the great achievements of American democracy has been the introductionof mass public education, from children to advanced research universities. And in some respects that leadership position has been maintained. Unfortunately, not all. Public education is under serious attack, one component of the attack on any rational and humane concept of the Common Good, sometimes in ways that are not only shocking, but also spell disaster for the species.
All of this falls within the general assault on the population in the past generation, the so-called “neoliberal era.” I’ll return to these matters, of great significance and import.