Thank you, Mr. Bryant for a truly well-written article.
This idea of "New Democrats" is essentially a repackaging of "Old Republicans."
Just look at the platforms of these chameleon sell-outs:
"The centrist New Democrats faction of the party Eskow refers to is the corporation- and billionaire-friendly bipartisan agenda that embraced “the magic of the market”, outsourced jobs through corporate giveaways like “free trade”, promoted fiscal austerity, pledged to be tough-on-crime, and vowed to make any recipients of government funds more accountable (“welfare reform”). Followers of this philosophy scorned labor unions and heralded the end of the “era of big government.”
"But New Democrat bipartisanship has not been confined to economics. The same big money, Wall Street-connected actors behind this bipartisan agenda for the economy have dominated education policy since the 1990s too."
The one thing that is avoided like a 3rd rail is the extent to which Charter Schools push Christian (only) curriculum and thereby violate that quite essential wall between church and state. I just sent off for Barry Lynn's book, "God and Government" to take in his information on this subject. It's completely under-reported and very dangerous.