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  •  great diary (3+ / 0-)

    Dismantle public education..and then what
    ..reinstate child labor?

    Nothing would surprise me anymore from either the Republicans or the Democrats.

    WE NEVER FORGET Our Labor Martyrs: a project to honor the men, women and children who lost their lives in Freedom's Cause. For Dec: Life so cheap; property so sacred.

    by JayRaye on Sun Jan 06, 2013 at 12:04:55 PM PST

    •  I think that is their long term intent- don't (4+ / 0-)

      forget, education is not a right guaranteed in the constiution -- it is dealt with by the states.  As companies move abroad for cheaper labor, they don't want to be stuck holding up an education system that they once needed to train workers.  they fully intend to turn us into a third world country where we compete for sweatshop jobs just like everyone else.  Welcome to the end of american exceptionalism.

      •  More than 25 years ago a friend of mine said: (3+ / 0-)

        "they (the ruling class) plan on ending the social-welfare state, because they are beginning to realize that they can create a third world country right here.

        At the time I thot that was a bit extreme and pessimistic.
        Now I realize that he was 100% correct.

        WE NEVER FORGET Our Labor Martyrs: a project to honor the men, women and children who lost their lives in Freedom's Cause. For Dec: Life so cheap; property so sacred.

        by JayRaye on Sun Jan 06, 2013 at 12:15:39 PM PST

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        •  So it's time to get down in the trenches and start (3+ / 0-)
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          the good fight.  We no longer get to ride on the coat tails of the capitalist ruling class!  Sigh.  Nobody ever said it would be easy!

        •  your friend was totally correct (3+ / 0-)
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          and even Ernest Mandel did not see it; many thought that they had learned their lesson from the great depression and understood how an advanced capitalist system cannot function in the absence of a social welfare state and a public sector, they were wrong ... we must see what is happening as the culmination of a long fight to demonise the poor, the working class and to overturn all gains made in the post-war period.

          Am working on a piece on austerity and the absurdity of the IMF saying they made a mistake, it was not a mistake, austerity is doing exactly what they wanted it to do.

          "Hegel noticed somewhere that all great world history facts and people so to speak twice occur. He forgot to add: the one time as tragedy, the other time as farce" Karl Marx, The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte .

          by NY brit expat on Sun Jan 06, 2013 at 12:29:26 PM PST

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          •  Funny thing is, between me & my friend, (2+ / 0-)
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            I was the more radical one.

            It was my radicalism, and also my knowledge of labor hx, that made me think, "They wouldn't dare."

            How wrong I was.

            Looking forward to that piece, ex pat.

            WE NEVER FORGET Our Labor Martyrs: a project to honor the men, women and children who lost their lives in Freedom's Cause. For Dec: Life so cheap; property so sacred.

            by JayRaye on Sun Jan 06, 2013 at 12:47:30 PM PST

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