CEO of Netflix Reed Hastings calls for abolishing school boards

It seems we have another entitled neoliberal corporate CEO jumping on the privatize public schools bandwagon. That particular wagon is already packed full of partying millionaires and billionaires who figured out there are trillions to be made by eviscerating public institutions and funneling those tax dollars into their own pockets. The irony here is that over the years many school boards have been run by business (or pro-business) people and they have done a relatively poor job of listening to the people they are supposed to “represent.” Obviously. Of course Hastings doesn’t acknowledge that, but if his call for abolishing school boards were to come to pass, any hope for parents (or anyone else who cares about actual education) to have a voice would be obliterated. This is just one line of attack in the corporate war on parents, teachers, children, and democracy itself.

It’s part of the neoliberal corporate capture of government institutions and really every aspect of our lives, from work to water, school to energy, healthcare to retirement, food to government. Everything. The corporations want to profit from everything and they want total control of the state – and that includes you.

In this particular case, the very least you could do would be to send an email to netflix alerting them you know what hastings is doing and you will cancel your membership if he is not fired. Better yet: send an email and cancel your membership. Even better: cancel your membership and learn more about neoliberalism and how it is being used by corporations to stamp-out what’s left of democracy around the world. The best you could do: start organizing with people you know to fight it.

Perhaps if we stopped watching so much TV and used some of that time to work with other people fighting this corporate takeover, we might have a chance – and we might even feel like fulfilled, engaged, citizens, instead of bloated, alienated, addicted, depressed consumers. Well, the truth is I see little chance of that happening. I usually say I have no hope, but I guess there must be a remnant of hope somewhere because I’m taking the time to write these words. The evidence is in my friends, and it doesn’t look good. It’s up to all of us.


Web Reading List #8 [9-20-2013]

Wolf Richter: Housing Bubble In Full Bloom, Zany Price Increases, And Now A Sudden Slowdown
Wells Fargo announces layoffs in mortgage unit
Workers’ rights ‘flouted’ at Apple iPhone factory in China
Journalist & Filmmaker Saul Landau, 77, Dies; Chronicled Cuban Revolution For Decades
Did you know John Roberts is also chief justice of the NSA’s surveillance state?
Janet Yellen Urged Glass-Steagall Repeal And Social Security Cuts, Supported NAFTA
No Child Left Untableted
Bill Black: SEC Flacks Paint Lehman’s Looters as the Victims of a “Political” SEC

Capitalists want our blood – literally

“‘Is there no limit to what this Government will privatise?’: UK plasma supplier sold to US private equity firm Bain Capital

Sell-off puts blood supply at risk, warns Lord Owen”

Click to go to The Independent article

You can’t make this stuff up. This is at the nexus of almost all the nefarious forces in our universe. Privatization – or as the Brits say, “Privatisation,” has run amok. It is a a major part of the neo-liberal agenda. Now, if you could somehow add weapons to this story, you would go a long way toward encompassing every aspect of the closest thing we have to actually existing evil. You might be saying, “yes, that would truly be unbelievable.”

Well, with just one degree of separation (not even one degree or any real separation actually) we can connect drugs, weapons, terror, murder, gangsters, death squads and – well, the list is long. Exhibit A:

Mitt Romney Started Bain Capital With Money From Families Tied To Death Squads

The Pushback Against Privatization Across the Country

“The decades-long effort to privatize public services and assets is hitting some bumps, with state and local governments reconsidering whether for-profit companies should be allowed to indiscriminately profit off of taxpayer dollars with limited accountability.”

Click on text to go to truthout article

While this article is overly optimistic, at least it’s something. We’ve got a long long way to go…

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Choice Zealots Take Control of Wealthy Douglas County, Colorado

Diane Ravitch's blog

There are times when reality is zanier than satire.

Read about Douglas County, Colorado, where choice fanatics run the district.

They want students and families to choose schools the way you choose a color for your car or a brand of cereal.

In other words, they don’t believe in public education.

They don’t believe in the democratic ideal of common schooling, where children from many backgrounds learn together. They believe in consumerism.

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Pennsylvania: Cyber Charters Are a Scam

Diane Ravitch is a tireless advocate for public education. Anyone who wants to educate themselves about the current state of affairs should read her – and then do something about it.

In the final analysis, this is about freedom. Freedom from corporate rule, privatization, the commodification of all things, class war from above.

The attempt to destroy public education is a perverted, de facto social engineering that creates profits for the few (out of our pockets) and will end in the manufacture and control of producers and consumers for the profit of the corporate state – which has no use for citizens or human beings, only resources for exploitation in the pursuit of ever more profit.

Diane Ravitch's blog

Pennsylvania is overrun with cyber charters. There are 16 of them competing for customers, sucking money out of real public schools, supplying a terrible education. Some are under investigation. The legislature protects them because of campaign contributions.

Meanwhile public schools are suffering due to budget cuts while these sham schools make profits.

They have extracted $4 billion from the state’s taxpayers in inflated costs, padded enrollment data, and legislative beneficence. This is legal graft.

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