Neoliberalism, Youth, and Social Justice



well III think that at the essence of neoliberalism is is the notion that that the essence of democracy is basically about making money that that that the the market is a template for all social relations that anything that doesn't fit into market values it really basically doesn't count that there's a massive transfer of public wealth to private hands there's an ongoing attempt to privatize almost everything there's an attempt to deregulate business there's an attempt to basically hold back all those institutions and organizations that speak to the public good whether we're talking about education and we're talking about unions or we're talking about social provisions so I mean I think overall what you're seeing in neoliberalism is an attempt to basically completely undo the parameters of the public to do away with all notions of the public whether it's an ideology whether it's a mode of transportation or whether it's basically a mode of solidarity and to utterly privatize those things so as to assume and to claim that the only thing that really motivates people is really making money that profit is the essence of all human relationships we've lost the language of compassion and we've lost the public spheres that nourish it and we've lost a media that has any interest in it in a world in which sovereignty is now corporate rather than political and corporations define values in corporations define social relationships in corporations define what matters in life what matters is money so you get sick I mean I'm gonna reward the person who works for me and my insurance company for making sure you don't get the treatment you need because that's going to save me money somehow economics now drives politics and economics has completely divorced itself from any sense of ethical considerations and social cost young people are basically in a position unlike they have ever had been before I mean given what is the social disinvestment in young people that's going on since the 1980s is really quite remarkable I mean in my vocabulary I call it a war on youth and the war on youth takes two forms is a hard war in a software software is the work of endless commercialization and commodification kids are treated as commodities they're told that the only thing that really matters is is you know buying and selling they're bombarded every day by an ideology and multiple forms on multiple platforms that tell them that self-interest is the ultimate interest and that what really matters is buying and disposing goods in advertising codes and branding themselves the hard war is a war in which increasingly what we find the kids being punished in ways unlike we've ever seen before we have the school to Prison Pipeline where you've got endless numbers and I say kids young people I'm talking about low-income poor minority students these students have become disposable and as disposable as a disposable population there's almost no investment in them except basically to get them out of the way put them in schools that basically contained them and once they get out of those schools then they find themselves basically in the in what we might call the mass incarceration state I mean we live in a country in which more people are imprisoned in any other country in the world and not only that we live in a country in which there are more people in prison at this time 70% of which are people of color than there were in Stalin's gulags at its height so III think that what you see here is as the social state is diminished as the welfare state and all of the funding that goes into it for not just you know social provisions like Medicare but also schools and so forth and so on you see taking place the rise of the punishing state the punishing state compensates for all these gaps because think about this all of a sudden you you know you have kids are unemployed yeah you have what we call a zero this is the zero generation you know zero hope zero employment zero futures and it seems to me that these kids you know they have no citizen spaces for them and the only space is that we find for them the default space has now basically become the prison so you have something called punishment creep where the model the prison now begins to seep into other institutions and you see it particularly in schools around zero-tolerance policies where kids are being you know it kids appear I mean copy there are more policemen in schools in that there are teachers and what you see is you see kids being handcuffed I mean put in the back of police cars for violating dress codes or for doodling on the address on their desk we're not talking about 17 year olds but there's no 10 euros what kind of language nourishes the notion of civic life I mean what kind of formative culture has to be in place what kind of public spheres have to be available I mean what kind of institutions have to provide support for people to be critical to engage in dialogue to participate and believe that what really matters is not only a sense of self but a sense of social responsibility and increasingly what we've seen for the last 35 years is an ideology that had basically completely undermined that sense of social responsibility I mean think about it I mean we have right-wing Republicans in the United States Congress and in Senate saying things like kids who get free lunches in schools should be forced to work we have people saying that grasping onto this logic of rabid individualism an individual responsibility and this absolutely eviscerated notion of freedom right it's freedom from not freedom to right freedom is a negative force right that people ultimately responsible for their own fate as if Strutt larger structural forces don't exist as if the problems that people face for instance you know massive pollution is caused by me you know and not by the major corporations and so there's what what we've seen disappear in this discourse which is to me the most the essence of the problem is an inability to translate private troubles into larger structural public considerations we have no way of understanding that link anymore because what we've done is we've defined freedom in a way that suggests is the freedom to do anything you want screw everybody else we've defined self-interest as the ultimate measure of what it means to take responsibility for yourself we've we've made the claim that social responsibility is a pathology but what you really need is you know you need a new birth right I mean we need somebody else I mean we need a potty that really says hey look you know we don't believe society should be defined by corporations we don't believe in this mass matter there's this massive inequality in wealth and income we believe in justice justice is something that shouldn't be bought everybody should have the basic social provisions that expands the possibility for their own agency everybody that's a social issue that's not just an issue of individual responsibility so I think we have to draw a new map we have to in some way embrace a new set of part ways so we saw hints of that with the Occupy movement we see we saw hints of it with the correct student movement you know this year which saw hints a bit in the receipt hints of it in the no idle movement among indigenous populations in Canada and I and I think that you know that's a long march to the revolution to the institutions it takes time education is at the center of politics it's at the center it's not just something that happens in schools it happens all over the place it happens in the cultural apparatuses it happens here in terms of this interview it happens in terms of mcore / Asians try to define what counts and what doesn't and education has to be reclaimed it has to have a very different mission in a very different purpose and a very different set of practices it's not about methods you know it's basically about educating people in ways to enhance their sense of critique they would spend the critical imagination did lead them to believe that they can think in order to think otherwise in order to act otherwise they have to think otherwise and it also suggests that they have to do it collectively that they can't do it individually so you need a formative culture at work that once again we claims all those things that matter in a civic culture compassion justice equality the ability to relate to others in a way that expands and deepens the very process of democracy itself and secondly you need social movements at a broad-based broad-based we we can't identity politics is fine and it addresses specific issues but we need broad-based social movements that address the totality of society I think you got to live standing up rather than on your knees you know I think you have to believe in something other than yourself I think that you have to believe that the world can be a better place and you need to fight for it I think you have to believe that you can't do it alone you have to do it collectively and I think you have to believe that justice is going dead in us all the time and we have to find ways to revive that and we have to do it in ways that's compassionate engages the notion of social responsibility take seriously what it means to be intellectually alive and always the spark the imagination that they're always terrorists you

39 thoughts on “Neoliberalism, Youth, and Social Justice

  • I strongly believe that we have to imagine a new ideology inspired from the neoliberalism to take advantage from the postive side and overcome the negative side. It's possible and adapted to our generation. Social justice doesn't mean share the wealth equally. It means share the wealth based on the value of the work you give. Some people they can't give any or limited value to the society even they want. We can think about disabled people or single mom. Those people should have a special treatment. Otherwise the opportunities and access to the opportunities should be presented to the population equally and based only on merit without any discrimination. This is how a prosperous nation could be built otherwise everyone gonna lose, even the wealthy people on the long term. We're in a global free market so the competition is nomore local. Justice brings wealth and wealth have a significant contribution in our happiness. We have to be aware that our happiness which is even the reason of our existance depends on many variables including our wealth that we should all have the full control. Nothing for free other than gifts and charity for those in need.

  • Neoliberalism is the ideology of the Narcissistic PSYCHOPATH. It's currency is CORRUPTION, it's soul DECEPTION, it's essence ABUSE. The Manic Narcissistic Psychopath's ultimate investment is in his/her HUBRIS to 'get away with murder', to bypass any external authority (the Oedipal Taboo) but not through direct confrontation (FASCISM) but through DISGUISE: The 'Paychopatic lie': the poisoned apple, the Trojan Horse, the Golden Calf. Satan is said to be the God of Deception (and destruction through seduction – i.e. from the inside). The Psychopath, unlike the psychotic, still has a grip on reality, but it aims to TRIUMPH over it, not through an escape into DELUSION but by actual SUBVERSION. Unlike the Neurotic, there is no internalised Moral Concern (Super Ego healthy sense of responsibility) – it remains external and it's ultimate aim is to SUBVERT it. Without the SuperEgo and Repression, as Freud says, there is NO CIVILISATION. Neo-Liberalism is the ultimate enemy of Civilisation. And is actually destroying Humanity and the Planet as we speak.

  • Yes you have to fight but not blindly. Get some statistics out here, graphs and charts, speak more loudly than talkytalk..

  • When the financial sector is borrowing more money than anyone else, . . . (Wasn't the financial sector supposed to invest in labor and production, companies, etc. remember making "investments" ? That is how ridiculous things are, just a joke.

  • "When I say young people, I am talking low income minority students". So 15 – 25 year old white cis males from rich or upper middle class aren't young. Riiiiiight…

  • Fascinating. I'm new to Dr Giroux. My observation, well what is he offering as an alternative? The rich and the poor are not going away. Human beings are not solved by the state or economics, we are not solved from with out, we are solved from within. His points regarding education ought to have included parents. The family, in it's broadest sense, is the cornerstone of 'any' civilisation. We have allowed the state to redefine 'family' and it's failing, miserably. Fathers have a central role to play here and masculinity needs room to breathe in an era where the media perceives it as toxic and at the same time is fascinated by homo-eroticism. Ne Timeas.

  • Best brief 1-minute summary I have yet come across defining what neoliberals are, am going to write it down on paper and stick it on the wall.

  • 0:41 What is "public wealth"? Last I checked the state is funded through taxation. Hands off my wealth!

  • We need less of Henry and more of thomas Sowells. Henry is a bleeding heart walking liberal contradiction. The welfare state has created more single parent homes than ever before. So sad our educational system has embraced this rubish. Liberals treatment of people in lower economical bracket is like chattel.

  • Neoliberalism is just fancy name for the grand illusion of JP Morgam Rothchilds and the Banking Cartels and the Corrupt Bankers & Banks, The Worlds largets Ponzi Scheme, we have had our Rights Freedoms
    and our finances Hi -Jacked by this flawed self serving Neoliberalism
    To Change to World for the better, we must Stand up and Fight back for your Our Rights
    Return the world were every one has Fair Equity and right to be themelves

  • neoliberalism is a euphemism or a deflective term, and its intention is to avoid using terms like "radical capitalism", "corruption" or similar terms, or even just capitalism. questioning and criticising capitalism is made difficult through complex and ambiguous terms like "neoliberalism". the term allows us to avoid heavily connotated terms and therefore obscures the political discourse.

  • This man is a walking contradiction, he has the temrity to complain about the interconnection between corporations and government, yet believes business should be subject to increased regulation.

  • All -isms are wrong. Fact is that life on Earth has limits. Nobody ever living past 120 for instance. If you really want to be 'responsible' then you stop putting new souls on this planet to suffer for a few decades while hating each other's groups and doing the most heinous things to everything that has a central nervous system just to survive (factory farms for instance). The only kind thing you can do to life is let it die out. The sun is constantly expanding and will not give us a choice at some point anyway. So stop the 'it can only get better if we try for is story' because it is a FUCKING lie.

  • We are living & accepting an Orwellian society! Everyone should be out in the streets protesting …and stop buying shit!

  • The very word neoliberalism is the exact opposite of what it literally means in political practice at this time.

  • Thinking that we can change the world only by collectively doing it, is a corrosive mindset for one's core ideology. I think it absolves you and takes away the pride from attempting to change the world on your own as an individual. Perhaps, the world is tired of the notion of heroes…

  • Agree with everything up to when he said Republicans are saying kids who have a free lunch should work for it. This is a good thing. To teach responsibility and discipline brings the best from people. I bet he is cool with play doh and videos of puppies in safe spaces though…

  • Brilliant video Henry Giroux, well articulated. This is a hard concept for some to grasp, most likely because the individualistic thinking is embedded in every major institution from school, to work. It takes a lot to see the forest for the trees.

  • I saw the writing on the wall 12 / 15 years ago as a UK and those I went to University have all bought in to the dream..despite years of warning to these people people they are not listening. History should teach us that when the day of Judgment comes you will see the rise of the " People's " courts !! Just wait and see.

  • 1:24 i want this dude to go to Africa for 5 years and help the hungry, FREE OF CHARGE! no pay, because profit, as he says is only a motivational assumption.. that said, why would ANY ONE EVERY COLLECT a pay check?!?! why are we all not in African now helping people in need? if good will is more important to humans the self preservation then why are we not doing this? because self preservation is the first on every individuals list, and in today's world that means you need money OR you will be those starving people.. his argument and points sound like a egalitarian community college freshman pot head who has not thought past the end of last year..

  • Long march through the institutions ey Henry, sound like you've been reading a bit too much of Marx

  • This is the opposing argument:
    What's wrong with a mass incarceration state for people with genetic disease.  They have a lot of stupid kids who cause problems, so what is best…that they still have the opportunity to reproduce and outpopulate the smart?

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