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Class Dismissed: Class Conflict and Teacher Rebellion in Red State America


Class Dismissed: Class Conflict and Teacher Rebellion in Red State America

Steve Fraser

Teachers in red-state America are hard at work teaching us all a lesson. The American mythos has always rested on a belief that this country was born out of a kind of immaculate conception, that the New World came into being and has forever after been preserved as a land without the class hierarchies and conflicts that so disfigured Europe.


Occupy Wall Street (OWS) autumn 2011 emergence was “short lived” because Obama’s DOJ made everything they did illegal to prevent their re-emergence the following spring.

Teachers fighting against austerity are carrying the OWS torch forward.


Yes, it was made illegal to fight against illegality and immorality( Wall Street mob)


"Freedom in capitalist society always remains about the same as it was in ancient Greek republics: Freedom for slave owners.”

"Without Revolutionary theory, there can be no Revolutionary Movement.”
― Vladimir Lenin

Organize and mobilize!


A class act


The term “redneck” in the early 20th century was occasionally used in reference to American coal miner union members who wore red bandanas for solidarity. - wiki

Striking miners tied Red Bandanas around their necks during the march on Blair Mountain.
“I remember Daddy leaving home to join the marching miners and he was wearing that red cloth around his neck,” recounted one woman who was just a young at the time of the march. “The people who stood up to the mines were called rednecks.”


“If a worker wants to take part in the self-emancipation of his class, the basic requirement is that he should cease allowing others to teach him and should set about teaching himself.” - Joseph Dietzgen


This is a comment I wrote for an AlterNet article on teacher strikes:

It is no coincidence that public education has been underfunded in primarily red states. My own state of New Mexico, headed by a carpetbagger Governor elected by Koch Brothers money, has been consistently starving and making unrealistic demands on our public education system. Several New Mexicans, bolstered by some concerned organizations, sued the state for violation of the adequate-funding clause in our Constitution. The case has been concluded and is awaiting a final disposition.

There is a concerted effort by American Oligarchs to create a permanent underclass of Americans who exist at the whim and mercy(?) of the top 1% income-earners. To that end, limiting public education to the basics that will allow its beneficiaries only to serve the Oligarchs - and prevent them from challenging the new social order - is key.

Betsy DeVos as U.S. Secretary of Education is perfectly positioned to implement the diversion of decreasing public education funding to for-profit charter schools that, in most cases, do not provide a better education than public schools. And she advocates vouchers for private schools that cannot be used by people who cannot afford the transportation and additional expenses of attendance. Thus, the best education is reserved for children of the Oligarchs.

The “great experiment” of a Democracy that affords the opportunity for all citizens to achieve the dream of financial stability is over.


Oklahoma once had on of the strongest Socialist Parties in the US:

Let’s not forget that the FBI was originally created to crush the socialist movement.

“In June 1917, Attorney General A. Mitchell Palmer created a special political section of the Justice Department, the “Radical Division,” and chose 24-year-old J. Edgar Hoover to head it up.” (from socialistworker.org)