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The Oklahoma Teachers’ Strike Is a Mutiny Against Austerity


#1

The Oklahoma Teachers’ Strike Is a Mutiny Against Austerity

Michelle Chen

Oklahoma teachers proudly marked themselves absent from school since Monday, and they had an excellent excuse: They made themselves present in politics instead, with a historic march on the Capitol in hopes of finally capturing the legislature’s undivided attention


#2

45th in finding. 46th academically.
Is 1st in finding also 1st academically? Is that how it works? If Oklahoma increases funding enough to become, let’s say, 35th, will academic performance rise also to 36th or even 34th? Is that how it works? Or, possibly, are there other factors in play?


#3

Oklahoma is the latest example of the takeover of a majority of State Governments over the last decade by the most extreme Republicans—The Tea Party—whose Koch Bros./ALEC agenda is all they care about. They are a major part of the decline in all quality-of-life measures for all the working people, children, elderly and poor in their states. It is time to fire them all!

Stay strong Teachers! Solidarity!


#4

I wonder if any of them really understand what and who they are actually fighting. I admire their intentions but I doubt they really understand the forces they are challenging in their effort to improve their situation. If they did I doubt they would be doing it. I guess that is why the young are the ones that seem to implement change…they are too young to know it is impossible so they try anyway.


#5

Shame on you- you act like they are stupid- where are your values?


#6

Once heard one of these elites say that public schools are welfare. Over ninety per cent of kids in the USA attend public schools. Duh!


#7

Okay. Why are oligarchs undermining schools?

Ready?

People who go to school tend to have smaller families and a gentle population decline results in advanced economies like the US.

A public education operating for the public good will educate the gently declining population about consumption impacts on the health of Earth.

None of this requires a Phd. High school loaded with all the different shops and trades will accomplish the same. Now we have smart people with smaller families healing Earth with human rights. This is not a decent world for oligarchs and schools must be changed, they say.


#8

Most people are stupid Mealouts. You should know that…unless…


#9

It has to do with fair taxes and a equitable distribution. Just leave rankings out of the discussion for now and focus on teachers being paid fairly in comparison to other workers with similar educations and job responsibilities.


#10

Chen is right, but she fails to get to the core of the matter. Domestic austerity is a direct result of c[aitalist global militarism and all that entails in terms of money and morality.

Also, as Ronnie Raygunz knew well, a critical mass - probably a majority - of citizens and residents have an aversion to taxation of any kind. This allows the capitalist ruling class of oligarchs, plutocrats and corporations (via Duopoly politicians) to continually jam fake ‘tax reform’ schemes on an nation that is low-taxed (though are taxes are fundamentally unfair).

As long as Chen and other liberals and progressives continue to assess blame on Rethugs without connecting the other fundamental dots such as imperial wars and unfair taxation, we are lost.

Then there is the Federal Reserve (a cabal of publicly-sanctioned private bankers) that create ‘credit’ and ‘wealth’ by fiat. Then there’s that.

When well-meaning journalists attempt to write about change w/o a basic understanding of the political-economy of capitalism.

The teachers, in their struggles against the corporate state, are beginning to learn. They won’t learn from reading either the corporate media or watch passes for ‘progressive’ media in the U.S.


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There are multiple editing errors because of auto-correct and moi. Here’s a (hopefully) edited version:

Chen is right, but she fails to get to the core of the matter. Domestic austerity is a direct result of capitalist global militarism and all that entails in terms of money and morality.

Also, as Ronnie Raygunz knew well, a critical mass - probably a majority - of citizens and residents of the U.S. have an aversion to taxation of any kind. This allows the capitalist ruling class of oligarchs, plutocrats and corporations (via Duopoly politicians) to continually jam fake ‘tax reform’ schemes on a nation that is low-taxed (though the taxes are fundamentally unfair).

As long as Chen and other liberals and progressives continue to assess blame on Rethugs without connecting the other fundamental dots such as imperial wars and unfair taxation, we are lost.

Then there is the Federal Reserve (a cabal of publicly-sanctioned private bankers) that creates ‘credit’ and ‘wealth’ by fiat. Then there’s that.

When well-meaning journalists attempt to write about change w/o a basic understanding of the political-economy of capitalism, they enable mental and moral laziness which weakens our collective ability to build enough power to create positive change. Obviously, political economy and clear-thinking are not the staples of journalism schools, where journalism is no longer taught, but mashing, and cutting-and-pasting are.

The OK teachers, in their struggles against the corporate state, are beginning to learn the basics of political economics though. The way way we all do (or don’t). The hard way. They won’t learn much from reading either the corporate media or watch passes for ‘progressive’ media in the U.S.


#12

While funding is absolutely critical to any project, you are absolutely right that multiple factors are involved.

For example, how much does “christianity” (mis)color what goes on in the schools? And the other religion that we call “scholastic athletics”? Certainly we don’t have to worry about science, the arts and humanities messing up the scene as they are “extras” and science is a “liberal” ploy to confuse the students of OK.

All that said, the teachers’ actions are righteous and both they and their students are learning how to live better in the real world of global imperial capitalism - a world that Chen correctly defines as “austerity.”


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You mean like people who keep having kids and cannot afford to feed them? Yup.