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Koch Brothers Plan New Scheme Fully to Privatize American Education—at Public Expense

on January 31, 2019

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Last Friday, Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank described this year’s wave of strikes and walkouts by school teachers: “Something funny happened on the way to the labor movement’s funeral.  When Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. and his antilabor colleagues on the Supreme Court handed down the Janus v. AFSCME decision last June, unions braced for the worst.”  But, Milbank concludes: “Labor leaders ought to thank Alito—and send chocolates to the Koch brothers for bankrolling the anti-union court case.  Their brazen assault, combined with President Trump’s hostility toward labor, has generated a backlash, invigorating public-sector unions and making a case for the broader labor movement to return to its roots and embrace a more militant style.”

I don’t know about the implications for all of labor, and I’d argue with Milbank’s point that this year’s strikes by teachers have been primarily a response to the Janus decision. The growing wave of…

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3 responses to “Koch Brothers Plan New Scheme Fully to Privatize American Education—at Public Expense

  1. swo8 says:

    You can’t let this happen.
    Leslie

    • Zorba says:

      Parents and teachers all over the country are trying to fight back against the push for privatization of the schools.
      Unfortunately, privatization has been happening more and more, not just in education, but in the military, in the penal system, in the infrastructure (many of the toll roads are privatized) and, of course, our health care system is privatized, as well.
      I have never understood why so many Americans buy into the idea that “private industry can do it better and cheaper than the government!”
      Bull shit. Private industry exists to make a profit for its owners and stockholders.
      I’m not saying that there aren’t inefficiencies and idiocies in what the government provides- there are, and that should be worked on.
      Whatever happened to: “We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution…”

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