"...it's not the training to be mean but the training to be kind that is used to keep us leashed best." ~ Black Dog Red

"In case you haven't recognized the trend: it proceeds action, dissent, speech." ~ davidly, on how wars get done

"...What sort of meager, unerotic existence must a man live to find himself moved to such ecstatic heights by the mundane sniping of a congressional budget fight. The fate of human existence does not hang in the balance. The gods are not arrayed on either side. Poseiden, earth-shaker, has regrettably set his sights on the poor fishermen of northern Japan and not on Washington, D.C. where his ire might do some good--I can think of no better spot for a little wetland reclamation project, if you know what I mean. The fight is neither revolution nor apocalypse; it is hardly even a fight. A lot of apparatchiks are moving a lot of phony numbers with more zeros than a century of soccer scores around, weaving a brittle chrysalis around a gross worm that, some time hence, will emerge, untransformed, still a worm." ~ IOZ

Jun 12, 2011


I don't really care much for government.

But, I think it's not only possible but necessary to separate public property, conceptually, from the sort of states we have, and which claim to manage and administer the Commons. These Commons, we should continually remind ourselves, our produced, maintained and often enough leased away using the capitalized receipts of our labor. This is labor which is doubly appropriated, first as wages which alienate our work from its products, and second as taxation.

I don't have a much in the way in developed thought on the subject, except to point out that privatization is a new phase of Enclosure:

"NEW YORK (Reuters) – New Jersey Governor Chris Christie announced a pilot program on Thursday that would allow private companies to run public schools in some of the state's chronically underperforming school districts.

The public-private partnership would authorize school management organizations to operate five schools, and would target some of the 100,000 New Jersey students now enrolled in 200 chronically failing schools, the governor's office said..."


Anonymous said...

It's not the correct response (Christie's) but it has to happen in order for people to see what's wrong in their assumptions about the value of public education as currently operated. Sorta like I said about unions: they must be destroyed in order to be remade as the things they pretend to be.

The sick thing is the profiteering off the collapse of education, but then America's always been about clever ways to profit off others' misery or loss of personal power.

At least we have a smooth, intelligent, post-racism biracial president.

Soma said...

Disgusting. They're trying to do that in the bible belt, as well-- with private school vouchers that suck away public school funding, in the name of educational balance and allowing people to have "choice in education."

...Where it ends up going, is to enrich the administration of said schools, and bypassing separation of church and state, as down here a majority of these charter schools are church run. But you can fool the blinded masses, as they think they want that anyway.