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What Are the Impediments to Social Change?
Dr. Anthany DiMaggio
 Dale Lehman/WZRD  Contact Contributor
Nov. 17, 2015, 8:03 p.m.
In this talk, Anthony DiMaggio discusses his recent research seeking to understand under what conditions the American populace might rise up in opposition to neoliberal politics. DiMaggio argues that declining economic prospects for the average American are associated with growing rejection of the corporate dominated political-economic system. However, as it stands, the public is nowhere near achieving a sustained movement for rejecting neoliberalism. He notes the importance of Occupy Wall Street and service worker protests as representative of growing economic insecurity and anger though they have yet to amalgam a class identity. His discussion draws on Marx and his contemporary relevance to our economic beliefs and the lack of class consciousness among most Americans.

Open University of the Left
Anthony DiMaggio earned his PhD in political science at the University of Illinois, Chicago. He is the author of numerous books, including Mass Media, Mass Propaganda (Lexington Books, 2008), When Media Goes to War (Monthly Review Press, 2010, The Rise of the Tea Party (Monthly Review Press, 2011), Crashing the Tea Party (Paradigm Publishers, 2011), and Selling the War, Selling Hope (SUNY Press, 2015). He has also written for numerous progressive publications, including Counterpunch, Truthout and Z Magazine.

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