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Interchange – Desperately Seeking Solutions: Fixing Economic Inequality

With President-elect Trump soon to take office, America is faced with a grim irony: many voters with economic grievances about a “rigged system” helped Trump win office, and yet given his major appointments so far, it seems unlikely that our next president will do anything to fundamentally address those problems — and it seems likely he’ll make them worse. Assuming …

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Interchange – Our Father Frankenstein

Mary Shelley’s novel of 1818, Frankenstein, Or, the Modern Prometheus, seems to me to clang like a hammer blow against a bell that tolls our self-inflicted doom. To quote Victor Frankenstein– None but those who have experienced them can conceive of the enticements of science. In other studies you go as far as others have gone before you, and there …

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Interchange – Facing America at Standing Rock

Even elementary schools are now teaching what was always factual about the conquest of this land mass–Northern Europeans came and murdered as many indigenous people as possible. Treaties were made to be broken. Herded onto desolate reservations, dying by the thousands en route, the native people of this land were treated as one race of lesser beings–portrayed as devils and …

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Interchange – The Wages of Whiteness: W. E. B. Du Bois and the Color Line

Think of it this way, W. E. B. Du Bois, born in February 1868, that’s 3 years after the end of the American Civil War, two years after Melville’s volume of Civil War poetry, Battle Pieces, died in August 1963, at 95, the year John F. Kennedy is assassinated, the year Medgar Evers is assassinated, and the day before Martin Luther King, Jr. …

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Interchange – Scapegoating Our Cities

Blue dots in a sea of red. The electoral map presents a distorted picture belying where most of the country’s population lives, and where the most privation occurs. A survey of the landscape in the wake of Donald Trump’s election reveals that America’s urban/rural drift has cemented into a chasm. Though commonly conflated with only economic elites, those blue dots …

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Interchange – Selling Happiness: Part Five of The Way of Neoliberalism

Happiness. We all want it. But what can that word mean? What do we imagine we’re seeking as we spend much of our time and effort in pursuit of happiness? Happiness has become the biggest idea of our age, a new religion dedicated to well-being. Political economist Will Davies shows how this philosophy, first pronounced by Jeremy Bentham in the …

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Interchange – Selling Censorship: Part Four of The Way of Neoliberalism

Free speech is not the norm, and even in a country that explicitly protects speech in its foundational documents, censorship can still creep into our lives in unexpected ways. On this election night, “Selling Censorship,” another episode in our series The Way of Neoliberalism, about our current cultural environment that dominates our society, politics, and our interactions with each other. …

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Interchange – Selling Me, Inc.: Part Three of The Way of Neoliberalism

First corporations became people. Now people are becoming businesses. That’s the logic of the marketplace applied to employment. Tonight, the third episode in our series “The Way of Neoliberalism”: Selling Me, Inc. In our last two episodes we spoke with Wendy Brown and Philip Mirowski to get a sense of where Neoliberal ideas came from, and how they’ve crept into …

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Arts Interchange – All That Glisters: Cardinal Stage’s All-Female Merchant of Venice

“Which is the merchant here, and which is the Jew?” Portia asks as she begins her performance as Antonio’s lawyer (and as a man) in opposition to Shylock’s suit for a pound of flesh. This is the soul of the play. What difference: usury or finance? What difference: Christian or Jew? How are we trapped in the ways in which …

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Interchange – Selling Ignorance: Part Two of the Way of Neoliberalism

We don’t know. In fact we can’t know. That’s a core tenet of the neoliberal project, which puts faith in markets instead of people. Tonight we’re speaking with Philip Mirowski, historian and philosopher of economic thought at the University of Notre Dame, and author of Never Let a Serious Crisis Go to Waste and Machine Dreams, about how the neoliberal …

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