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Taking a Hammer to Education

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  • Congress would hurt states, schools and students by unilaterally scrapping Every Student Succeeds Act regulations.
  • Related: Who Controls Our Schools?

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http://www.intellectualtakeout.org/sites/ito/files/educationaldecline.jpg March 6, 2017 | Last week, Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., introduced a resolution to rescind regulations implementing the Every Student Succeeds Act. While this action is not surprising when Congress and the Trump administration have already scrapped key protections for consumers and the environment, it is a terrible way to govern. Worse, it would cause real harm to states and districts trying to move forward under the law – and most importantly to the 50 million students in our nation's public schools.

When Congress passed the Every Student Succeeds Act in December 2015, it was obvious to anyone who read the law that regulations were necessary to provide additional clarity to states on how to comply with the law. The hundreds of pages of legislative text, disjointed descriptions of requirements and lack of specificity around key terms did not lend themselves to easy, straightforward interpretation.

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Scott Sargrad: Contributor, US News 

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Who Controls Our Schools? Don Hazen, Elizabeth Hines, Steven Rosenfeld, Stan Salett, AlterNet

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  • How Billionaire-Sponsored Privatization Is Destroying Democracy and Enriching the Charter School Industry
  • A report/ebook on the corporate takeover of K-12 schools.

 

Rocket Kirchner | All Politicians Are False Messiahs

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So what happens when that politician sells out and the people who invested all their faith in him or her won’t hold that politician accountable, but rather choose to look the other way and rationalize the destructive acts despite the flowery rhetoric? They become part of the problem. So here we have it: so called do-gooders obstructing the good, all in the name of the good.

Rocket Kirchner, Dandelion Salad

https://c1.staticflickr.com/6/5046/5217412187_8fe295281b.jpg February 9, 2017 | Rousseau said that man is a social animal. Man is also a religious animal. In the socio-religio milieu there exists a deep messianic impulse. This impulse is expressed in a variety of ways. One of them is politics.

It does not matter what the motive of any politician is. What matters is the way we project our hope in that politician. Here in lies the rub. Invariably, sooner or later it is that projection and exaltation we give by supporting a politician that will let us down. It is this let down that makes all politicians false messiahs.

Rocket Kirchner, Writer, Dandelion Salad

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Paul Craig Roberts | The Stakes for Trump and All of Us

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“The deep state … generally refers to the agencies in Washington that are permanent power factions, (exercising) their power in secret. It’s agencies like the CIA, the NSA and the other intelligence agencies, that are essentially designed to disseminate disinformation and deceit and propaganda, and have a long history of doing not only that, but a history of the world’s worst war crimes, atrocities and death squads. This is who … lots of Democrats are … trying to empower … as they exert power separate and apart from—in fact, in opposition to—the political officials to whom they’re supposed to be subordinate.

Paul Craig Roberts, paulcraigroberts.org

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http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/evergreenedigest.org/files/One%20Nation%20Under%20Surveillance%20graphic.jpg February 18, 2017 | We need to understand, and so does President Trump, that the hoax “war on terror” was used to transform intelligence agencies, such as the NSA and CIA, and criminal investigative agencies, such as the FBI, into Gestapo secret police agencies. Trump is now threatened by these agencies, because he rejects the neoconservative’s agenda of US world hegemony that supports the gigantic military/security annual budget.

Our secret police agencies are busy at work planting “intelligence” among the presstitute media that Trump is compromised by “Russian connections” and is a security threat to the United States. The plan is to make a case in the media, as was done against President Nixon, and to force Trump from office. To openly take on a newly elected president is an act of extraordinary audacity that implies enormous confidence, or else desperation, on the part of the police state agencies.

Paul Craig Roberts was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Economic Policy and associate editor of the Wall Street Journal. He was columnist for Business Week, Scripps Howard News Service, and Creators Syndicate. He has had many university appointments. His internet columns have attracted a worldwide following. Roberts' latest books are The Failure of Laissez Faire Capitalism and Economic Dissolution of the West, How America Was Lost, and The Neoconservative Threat to World Order.

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Former CIA Analyst Ray McGovern: Obama Is ‘Afraid’ Of The CIA And The NSA, MintPress News Desk, Mint Press News 

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McGovern says he believes the president can’t hold either agency accountable for their violations of the law and human rights because of the power they hold over him.

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While we were distracted by Trump, Republicans advanced these 9 terrifying bills

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  • The Republican-led Congress is wasting no time forcing through the most horrendous bills seen in decades while America’s eyes are on Russia.
  • Republican plan to take retirees nest eggs
  • Related: Urgent to Progressives: Stop Fueling the Anti-Russia Frenzy

Tom Cahill, Resistance Report

http://ragebot.com/wp-content/uploads/ryan_trump_mcconnell.jpgMarch 4, 2017 | With both houses of Congress solidly under Republican control, there’s little in the way to stop House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) from sending bills to President Trump’s desk that embody the most dangerous aspects of radical right-wing ideology.

However unlikely these bills’ passage would have seemed in the 114th Congress, the possibility of these nine bills becoming law is much higher now, especially considering the flurry of headlines around Donald Trump’s ties to Russia, Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ recusal on the ongoing investigation into the president’s Russian connections, and Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak’s multiple meetings with several of Trump’s top lieutenants.

Tom Cahill is a writer for the Resistance Report based in the Pacific Northwest. He specializes in coverage of political, economic, and environmental news. 

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Republican plan to take retirees nest eggs, Ryan Cooper, The Week 

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Republicans will attempt to camouflage balance billing in Medicare, a straight-up evil policy, as allowing "free contracts" between patients and doctors or similar nonsense. Don't believe a word of it, seniors. They want your retirement money.

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Urgent to Progressives: Stop Fueling the Anti-Russia Frenzy, Norman Solomon, Common Dreams 

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  • Progressives who treat anti-Russia propaganda spin as fact, in order to weaken Trump, are encouraging a kind of McCarthyism. Of all the good reasons to “delegitimate” Trump, alleged Kremlin intervention in the election should rank low. Focus should instead be on his greed, pathological lying, enthusiasm for oligarchy, bigotry, environmental destruction, racism, misogyny, economic injustice, voter suppression and rampant conflicts of interest.
  • Related: The Dangers of Democratic Party's Putin-bashing after German Intel Cleared Russia on Election Interference

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Democratic Leaders are a Craven Bunch of Idiots Bent on Self-Destruction

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  • A party that is that detached from the wishes and demands of the electorate, and of its own discouraged and angry base, is not a party that’s going to be around much longer.
  • At least one can hope.
  • Related: Establishment Democrats Beg for Party Unity, (but) Progressives Aren't Buying It

Dave Lindorff, Counterpunch

http://s3.amazonaws.com/dk-production/images/3953/large/goposaur_upsidedown.jpeg?1345564410 March 3, 2017 | The Democratic Party leadership, both in the Democratic National Committee and in Congress, is full of bad ideas these days, and they’re risking disaster because of it.

After the November election fiasco, you’d think a party that left controlling the governments of just 13 states of the 50 states, compared to 32 for Republicans, and that has just lost every lever of power in Washington — the White House, the Senate, the House and the Supreme Court — would be rethinking its whole approach to reaching American voters and trying to figure out where it went wrong over the last several decades.

Instead we’re hearing a whole lot of the same old bad ideas, and some new ones that are even worse than bad.

Dave Lindorff is a founding member of ThisCantBeHappening!, an online newspaper collective, and is a contributor to Hopeless: Barack Obama and the Politics of Illusion.

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Establishment Democrats Beg for Party Unity, (but) Progressives Aren't Buying It, Julian Drury, Progressive Spring

  • If the establishment wanted party unity, they shouldn't have ran Perez in the first place.
  • Related: Progressives Need A New Party, Not A New DNC Chair

The end of ideology

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  • A diatribe against the cultural decline in America also offers a way out
  • A review of America at War with Itself ~ Henry A. Giroux
  • Related: Table of Contents, Foreword, and the First Chapter from America at War with Itself
  • Related: Will Americans Submit to Despotism in an Urge to 'Escape from Freedom'

Shelley Walia, The Hindu

http://www.citylights.com/Resources/titles/87286100277470/Images/87286100277470M.jpg?1488730866008Hannah Arendt rightly declared that we are living in ‘dark times’ when there is a need to emphasise the value of education to the world that we engineer for future generations. “Education,” she said, “is the point at which we decide whether we love the world enough to assume responsibility for it and by the same token save it from ruin which, except for renewal, except for the coming of the new and young, would be inevitable. And education, too, is where we decide whether we love our children enough not to expel them from our world and leave them to their own devices, nor to strike from their hands their chance of undertaking something new, something unforeseen by us, but to prepare them in advance for the task of renewing a common world.”

It is in this context that Henry Giroux’s recent book America at War with Itself can be seen as a diatribe against the decline in cultural values in the U.S. and particularly the demise of revolutionary pedagogies that might give impetus to radicalism endangering the status quo. The sharp shift in American culture is apparently more towards abusive forms of power visible in predatory capitalism, citizen surveillance, domestic violence, gun-massacres by school children, and a deeply post-truth scenario of true lies and misrepresentation.

Shelley Walia is Former Professor at the Department of English and Cultural Studies, and presently, Fellow at Panjab University, Chandigarh.

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Will Americans Submit to Despotism in an Urge to 'Escape from Freedom'? Conor LynchSalon / AlterNet 

  • The pioneering psychologist explained the rise of Hitler with an analysis that seems way too relevant now.
  • Erich Fromm Saw It Coming.
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Series | The Obama Legacy, Part 4: Obama Called Inequality ‘The Defining Challenge Of Our Time.’ He Didn’t Do Much About It.

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  • It’s a sad legacy.
  • This piece is Part 4 of a series on Obama’s legacy that Evergreene Digest  will be publishing over the next weeks.
  • Related: Obama's legacy of war, repression and inequality

Zach Carter, the Huffington Post

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01/05/2017 | In December 2013, President Barack Obama addressed representatives from anti-poverty nonprofits gathered in Washington, D.C.’s chronically depressed Anacostia neighborhood. He declared war on economic inequality.

“A dangerous and growing inequality and lack of upward mobility...  has jeopardized middle-class America’s basic bargain ― that if you work hard, you have a chance to get ahead,” Obama said. “I believe this is the defining challenge of our time: making sure our economy works for every working American.

“It’s why I ran for president,” Obama added. “It drives everything I do in this office.”

Zach Carte is the Huffington Post's Senior Political Economy Reporter, working out of Washington D.C. His story, "Swiped: Banks, Merchants and Why Washington Doesn't Work for You," written with Ryan Grim, was included in the Columbia Journalism Review's compilation Best Business Writing 2012.

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Obama's legacy of war, repression and inequality

The record of the Obama administration and the character of the individual himself speak, in the end, to the structure of American politics—an ossified and reactionary political establishment that lacks any broad base of support, standing atop a cauldron of seething social tensions. The true legacy of Obama is the deepening of the crisis of American capitalism and the emergence of a new period of social and revolutionary struggles.

Joseph Kishore, World Socialist Website 

10 January 2017 | US President Barack Obama’s “farewell address to the nation,” scheduled for tonight, has been preceded by a concentrated media buildup on the theme of Obama’s legacy. This has included fawning tributes portraying the president as a brilliant orator, progressive reformer, visionary and man of the people.

Seeking to mold the narrative of Obama’s presidency, the White House put out a video over the weekend featuring comedians Ellen DeGeneres and Jerry Seinfeld, actors Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hanks, former basketball star Michael Jordan and other celebrities extolling the “historic moments that prove, yes, we can create progress.” Such absurd and nauseating effusions testify not to the qualities or accomplishments of the 44th president, but to the intellectual, political and moral debasement of the American cultural establishment.

Joseph Kishore is an American activist and writer. He is the National Secretary of the Socialist Equality Party (United States) and a writer for the World Socialist Web Site.

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