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Thomas Paine

To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

9 May - My Yahoo !

Poor mother and children during the Great Depr...Poor mother and children during the Great Depression. Elm Grove, California, USA. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
PLEASANT PRAIRIE, WI - JANUARY 25:  A sign sit...PLEASANT PRAIRIE, WI - JANUARY 25: A sign sits in the front yard of a home being offered for sale January 25, 2010 in Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin. Sales of previously occupied homes in the U.S. plunged an unexpected 16.7 percent last month, their largest drop in more than 40 years. Over the past year home prices dropped more than 12 percent, the largest decline since the Great Depression. (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)
Migrant Mother icon of the great depression - 1936Migrant Mother icon of the great depression - 1936 (Photo credit: Marco Crupi Visual Artist)
Downtown Dallas in the background with the Tri...Downtown Dallas in the background with the Trinity River in the foreground. Taken from the N Hampton Rd bridge. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
People's History in Texas

Ropesville-Dalworthington Gardens Project
A documentary on the experimental communities created during the Great Depression to provide subsistence homesteads for displaced farmers and workers.
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 Diary of a Heartland Radical

Monday, April 23, 2012


Harry Targ

Seventy community activists were intensely engaged in a three hour panel discussion on Saturday, April 21 focused on how millionaires and billionaires have translated their wealth into power in Indiana to attack worker rights, reproductive justice, and public education.
ALEC and the Koch brothers are just part of the story, Vaughn said. Other super wealthy individuals, corporations, and foundations funded campaigns to privatize public education and weaken or destroy Planned Parenthood. From a Common Cause perspective, she said, a constitutional amendment overturning the Buckley and Citizens United Supreme Court decisions are needed to take money out of politics.
A propaganda campaign, orchestrated by think tanks and corporate funds, has promoted the argument since the 1970s that markets create economic development, better the human condition, and advance the quality of  education. This campaign, Eiler suggested, challenged the perspective popular since the depression of the 1930s that during periods of economic crisis government must step in to protect and preserve the quality of life of the citizenry. 
Eiler argued that the application of “free market” ideology has been disastrous for education. Campaigns to privatize education, to shift from the provision of education to the distribution of vouchers which parents presumably use to choose the schools they wish to send their children to, create a catastrophe for the poor and working class. Children from economically disadvantaged homes may not have access to schools in the future, as private institutions establish barriers to admission (in part to insure that only children, especially those from advantaged homes, who can score well on tests are admitted). 
Eiler carefully presented data showing that major foundations (such as Gates, Broad, Walton) allocate huge amounts of money to lobby politicians and to “educate” the public about school privatization. 
In sum, panelists and discussants noted how fundamental the issues being raised were and that great wealth is transforming public policy in the United States, largely at the expense of the vast majority of the people. Also it was clear to the energized audience that the same institutions of wealth have advanced programs to challenge worker rights, reproductive justice, and public education.

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