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The logic of neoliberalism behind our economic model is fading as its fundamental conclusions about human nature are reaching an extreme. As global economies continue to reveal numbers indicating a spiraling trend of contraction in manufacturing and economic growth, corporations maintain enough power over our societies to stay afloat. Though we are influenced by the corporate mindset from the moment we enter the school system as children, can we find alternatives to corporate control of our education, media and health?
In Extraenvironmentalist #40 we speak with Joel Bakan about how the dystopian possibilities imagined by his film The Corporation have become a reality. Joel describes the reasons why neoliberalism can be appealing to us even though it is based on a limited understanding of human potential. We ask Joel about his recent book Childhood Under Siege, where he describes corporate influence on children through education and the modern medical system. Next, we talk with Laurette Lynn of Unplugged Mom Radio [a the 67′ mark] about how the best option for educating our children may be for parents to take their kids out of the school system entirely to learn critical thinking skills. Then, we talk to The PPL [at the 102′ mark] about how they are taking media out of the hand of major corporations for the 2012 Democratic National Convention so that citizen journalists who understand the magnitude of today’s challenges can ask tough questions. Last of all, Seth and I discuss our upcoming coverage of the Montreal Degrowth Conference.
If you are interested in hearing more about our thoughts on education and society give our interview a listen on the Unplugged Mom show with Laurette Lynn.
// Music (in order of appearance)
Bibio – Lovers’ Carvings (Bruno Be & Eddie M Remix) via The Music Ninja
Bonobo – All In Forms (Letherette Remix) via This is Real Music
Beach Boys – Wouldn’t It Be Nice (St Etienne Cover) via Soundcloud
Arcade Fire – Neighborhood #1 (Ane Brun Cover) via It’s a Trap
Kings of Leon – Use Somebody (RAC Remix) via Soundcloud
Foxes – Youth (Adventure Club Remix) via Skeetbeatz
// Extended Clips (in order of appearance)
[First Break] – 15′
A Selection of Clips from The Corporation Film
Pink Slime + BP Corexit
[Second Break] – 45′
Montreal Student Protests
Global Youth Unemployment
Italy Youth Unemployment Reaches Over 30%
Clip from upcoming XE interview with University of Victoria professor Michael M’Gonigle
J. Krishnamurti Speaks on Education
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