Mark Crispin Miller is a professor of media, culture, and communication at New York University and the author of several books, including Boxed In: The Culture of TV, Cruel and Unusual: Bush and Cheney's New World Order, and Fooled Again: The Real Case for Electoral Reform. He is also the editor of the newly-launched "Forbidden Bookshelf" series of e-books.
In this interview with Truthout, Miller discusses the global impact of neoliberal doctrine on democratic governance, electoral systems, freedom of speech and the press, and on education. He also discusses his new "Forbidden Bookshelf" series, which is bringing back books as e-books volumes that were killed at birth.
Many immigrants travel to the United States escaping horrific hardships and violence. They reach the US-Mexico border with the hopes of receiving asylum to protect them from the horrors in their home countries, but they are often met with insurmountable legal obstacles. Despite so many obstacles, migrants continue to travel to the US in search of refuge.
As I walk down the main thoroughfare of this camp for internal exiles, I suddenly see his smiling face, the one I'd know anywhere. Here, in Juba, the capital of South Sudan amid tens of thousands of people crammed into a fetid encampment visibly thrown together in haste out of fear and necessity, Barack Obama is smiling his familiar smile amid the results of a decades-long American project in Africa.