by Scott Creighton
“The liberty of a democracy is not safe if the people tolerated the growth of private power to a point where it becomes stronger than the democratic state itself. That in its essence is fascism: ownership of government by an individual, by a group, or any controlling private power.” FDR
In all my years of rants and ravings against the neoliberalization of this country and others, nothing makes me more angry than the ongoing efforts to privatize public education. There is nothing more insidious and contemptible than attempting to pocket profits from limiting the potential futures of young people in service of the oligarchs and the ruling class. When I see billionaires and multimillionaires like Oprah sitting around trying to spin a purely fascist policy like this as a viable option to the Pious Driving middle class liberals, it makes me as sick as watching Amy Goodman sell the Libyan and Syrian “humanitarian interventions”
“Waiting for Superman” Is Just Neoliberal Propaganda Marketing Pinochet’s Class Based School System to the American Left
Today, Rahm Emanuel made this statement in reply to the Chicago teachers refusing his pathetic deal:
“I will not stand by while the children of Chicago are played as pawns in an internal dispute within a union,” Rahm Emanuel
That’s fucking funny. Neoliberals like Rahm Emanuel have been doing just that for years; using the children as pawns in their ongoing effort to privatize the entire US public education system so their corporate and Wall Street friends can turn MASSIVE profits off of it while ABSOLUTE corporatist control over what the children in this country think and what they BECOME.
It is PURE FUCKING FASCISM and Rahm and his fascist friends have been making children suffer for decades in an effort to undermine the system, claim it is failing, so they can turn it over to corporations like WalMart or Goldman Sachs for a fucking profit.
Study after study shows that charter schools are not cheaper and on average they do not produce a better education. In fact, unless one talks about the schools in more elite areas, they simply serve to train young people to serve various corporations, providing them little to no understanding of history or liberal arts or the ability to learn HOW to think. For the vast majority of students, they are simply unaccountable for-profit processing plants set in cheap, converted strip-mall offices or on acquired land in multitudes of trailers.
Obama’s continuation of the Bush regime’s War on Public Education is not unlike his continuation of everything else Bush. CHANGE my ass.
Do you know where privatized public education started? It started in Pinochet’s fascist dictatorship, the one we created on Sept. 11th 1973 when Kissinger ran a CIA backed coup because the people of Chile had the audacity to “vote the wrong way” and they elected a socialist instead of the puppet we supported.
The “Chicago Boys” flew down there to set up their economic austerity measures “brick” of fascist neoliberalism in the country. They called it an “experiment” to see how the policies would work.
Pinochet had to kill or disappear 10,000 Chileans to keep it running and the people suffered immensely.
They privatized EVERYTHING and in the end, the Chicago Boys (proven failed Chicago School of Economics – Friedmanesque theory) privatized the public education system itself. Didn’t work out so well.
And here we are having to listen to sell out Vishy politicians like Rahm “The Fake Left” Emanuel’s disgustingly hypocritical quotes. The asshole is literally trying to bring Augusto Pinochet’s education system to America (he intends to close 120 public schools in Chicago and open 60 for profit charter schools in their place)
Stand up for the teachers in Chicago. Stand up for the children. Say no to Vishy Rahm as he tries to sell off your children’s future to his country club buddies.
This is a public high school… one of the best in the nation. I went there and I’m not “institutionalized”, thank you very much Ron Paul…
These are “charter” schools in my area in Florida…. see if you notice a difference….
I’m not going to spend more time on Rahm’s bullshit. Stand for the teachers… stand for your children… or watch it all go up in fascist smoke.