Check out this brilliant interview by Ronald Jackson with our director, Henry Giroux, on neoliberalism, the war on youth, disposability, and the critical role education plays in politics.


  • Check out our student’s projects from our 2013 “war on youth” summer institute

    Last summer, MCSPI ran an interdisciplinary Summer Institute that invited undergraduate and graduate students with an interest in youth-related research to work collaboratively with major researchers and public intellectuals to generate new scholarship and innovative modes of public communication related to the research theme of “the war on youth.” Students explored how young people around the globe in the twenty-first century are growing up in circumstances characterized by a range of precarious conditions that include ecological catastrophes, increasing levels of poverty and debt, the rise of a youth punishment and incarceration mentality, expanding commercial media and advertising networks, widening social inequalities, and under resourced health care and education systems, conditions that are especially dire for youth whose contexts are informed and shaped in different ways by geographic location, wealth, class, gender, race, ethnicity, sexuality, and (dis)ability.


    In completing the Institute, our students wrote research papers on diverse topics related to the subject of the war on youth. We are now excited to make their papers publicly available on our website here. 

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  • April 16, 2014

    Privatized Suffering

    |by John Steppling| I have been thinking on the way the vast majority of the U.S., at least the majority of white and educated (even if badly) people seem unable to think in any terms but those of the most simplistic and reductive. I am always, for example, stunned that ANYONE, could feel anything but [...]

    By MCSPI Media

  • April 11, 2014

    A War on the Imagination

    | by John Steppling | The exemplary person (junzi) seeks harmony (he) rather than agreement (tong); the small person does the opposite.” Confucius “All the consumable time of modern society comes to be treated as a raw material for varied new products which impose themselves on the market as uses of socially organized time.” Guy [...]

    By MCSPI Media

  • April 3, 2014

    Beyond Neoliberal Miseducation

    This article draws from a number of ideas in Henry A. Giroux’s newest book, Neoliberalism’s War on Higher Education.   As universities turn toward corporate management models, they increasingly use and exploit cheap faculty labor while expanding the ranks of their managerial class. Modeled after a savage neoliberal value system in which wealth and power [...]

    By Henry A. Giroux

  • March 3, 2014

    The Specter of Authoritarianism and the Politics of the “Deep State”

    by Henry Giroux Mike Lofgren, a former GOP congressional staff member for 28 years with the Senate and House Budget committees, has written an essay for Bill Moyers & Company titled “Anatomy of the ‘deep state’.”[1]  The notion of the “deep state” has a long genealogy and serves to mark the myriad ways in which [...]

    By Henry A. Giroux

  • February 3, 2014

    Nearly Half of Americans Living Paycheck to Paycheck

    by Sarah Lazare, originally posted on Common Dreans Nearly half of all people in the United States face “persistent financial insecurity” and are forced to live paycheck to paycheck without the savings necessary to weather them through life problems that can be unavoidable — like a medical emergency or a broken car. So finds the 2014 [...]

    By MCSPI Media

  • January 14, 2014

    Reclaiming the Radical Imagination: Challenging Casino Capitalism’s Punishing Factories

    By Henry Giroux, MCSPI Director A society consisting of the sum of its vanity and greed is not a society at all but a state of war. - Lewis Lapham The Gilded Age is back, with huge profits for the ultrarich, hedge fund managers and the major players in the financial service industries. In the new landscapes [...]

    By Henry A. Giroux