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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Secretary of Stupification

Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has little interest in public education as a stabilizing force that enriches society and contributes to civic knowledge and the development of critical thinking.
DeVos and other neoliberals in the Democratic and Republican parties would have Americans believe that eradication of welfare benefits, including public schools, school lunches, food stamps, public housing, and other programs, is driven by an effort to empower “the people.” But the welfare state’s destruction would merely result in the reintroduction of a neo-feudalistic system in America, in which the poor are forced to indenture themselves to a corporate aristocratic class (even more so than now) to survive. The return of a Dickensian system of social and economic relations may be a high priority for DeVos and her ilk, but Americans should recoil in horror at just how radical this “reform” agenda is.
-- Anthony DiMaggio
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