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Response to cantbeserious (Reply #8)

Sun Feb 3, 2013, 04:26 PM

63. Thanks, I was going to post a link to an Alternet article ...

http://www.democraticunderground.com/11244377

I had read this earlier, and was just rereading it recently -- had printed it out for someone who needs to read it but isn't open to progressive views -- it's been sitting unread until I picked it up again. Rereading it, I had to stop halfway through because it was making me so angry that these SOBs have gotten everything they wanted, and ruined so many lives to do it. It's been going on for DECADES and yet you still can't get most Americans to notice what's going on, to acknowledge it, or if they've been indoctrinated by the RW, to even acknowledge that it's wrong.

I am one of the 'professoriate' referred to in that article, and thought I was doing OK given the circumstances -- but never could get more than a 1-yr position. Then when the Bu**sh** Recession really began to tighten I found myself unemployed for an extended period. I chalked it up to the economy -- the big bust under Bu**sh**, the further collapse after 9/11, the deepening recession that set in like gangrene after the ruinous Bu**sh** tax cuts and trillion-dollar wars. But in the process of interviewing for jobs over more than a decade I have learned about how funding has declined for every department at every state univ. or college I have visited, while the admins. at those institutions appear to have swallowed hook, line, and sinker the RW arguments that these schools should be run on a free-market business model -- probably the worst idea in education ever (I still remember how it raised my hackles when the Newt gave so much publicity to this idea back in the 90's). When I first read this article I could find not one single point which contradicted anything I had experienced first hand or learned from other faculty second- or third-hand. News in recent years -- usually banished to the minor corners of the M$M, but visible here on DU -- has confirmed the success of big donors with corporatist, anti-democratic agendas (such as the Koch Brothers and Adelson) to warp the priorities of univ. hires and even curricula to their purposes.

When most people use the word 'theory', what they really mean is 'hypothesis'. This particular "conspiracy theory" has advanced well beyond a mere hypothesis -- it now has an accumulated body of evidence to confirm it. For those who have experienced its consequences at first hand, there can be no doubt it is real.

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