Betsy Devos, New Orleans, Cynthia Mckinney discussed on Think 100%: The Coolest Show


Were Were seen as necessary. When communism was a real threat to capitalism where you sort of had to had to let people unionize and and give people some kind of social safety net or else the fear was. They would actually become socialist right. And so the neil what we call. Neoliberalism is a lot of jargon right but you'll liberalism. I sometimes describe as like capitalism lying on the couch and it's underwear saying what are you gonna do. Leave me like it's it's it's it's it's capitalism is not afraid of competition which is which is not a good thing because then you don't actually have to to throw those bones you know you don't have to make those concessions should And the argument. That i that i made in the shock. Doctrine is that if we look at where this ideology has advanced. It has very often advanced on the backs of large-scale crises and shocks society is wearing such a state of profound an in such a state of emergency that they weren't be able to participate in political lives in the same way and katrina was a huge eye opener for me in this Because it was just so brutal right because as you know the the the people of new orleans were literally not in their city had been forcibly evacuated but not even evacuated. that's not a correct term because evacuation implies a plan to return people were were shipped all over one way ticket at gunpoint that in many cases You know in every to every state. It was extraordinarily no. I often find that. Something's become more shocking. With time. as opposed to less shocking you know and you think about that. Think about just that strategy of spreading people out at every single state to alaska with no wave coming back and wild. They're gone you know i. I opened the shock to quote from the late. Free extreme free market economist milton. Friedman wrote an article in the wall street journal and said New orleans schools are closed if the parents and teachers are spread throughout the country loses a crisis. It's also an opportunity. An opportunity to radically remake the education system and then he proposed giving parents vouchers that they could use in private schools. And and now new orleans says the most privatized system in the united states. It became a laboratory for charter schools. So that strategy right and that's just one example and you know the of demolished public housing. That wasn't even damaged by the storm. So of course. This affects poor overwhelmingly black and latino populations more than anyone else And it's it's a land grabs in the case of of of of the public. Housing is obviously a land. Grab but teachers. Unions talked about what was happening in the schools as an educational landgrab. We've seen this pattern. Repeat after every single crisis including copen and so we go back to the to the those eons ago to the trump era. Betsy devos was doing the same thing. I mean people say well. Why wasn't she supporting schools. And and giving them what they needed Because she wanted she wanted she. The animating force and betsy devos is life is that she does not believe in public education and she saw the pandemic as an opportunity to advance the same thing milton. Friedman was advancing in the aftermath of katrina of voucher. School system And and so. We've seen a lot of that happening. There's a there's good reason to worry that. When schools are finally able to reopen a lot of them are going to be facing a severe funding crisis. Because they've lost a lot of families they've lost their tax bases and says it can be a real test for the new administration. There are so many examples of using the pandemic for disaster capitalism. You know i mean the tech companies have been really busy At a lot of them would like to hold onto a lot of the kind of virtual learning virtual health care because this is a kind of back door privatization right. You've got public schools. That are suddenly moving to google zoom. And so on. The trump administration used cova do rollback every kind of regulation particularly environmental regulations So this is a big challenge for for for the biden administration because they've been busy but a lot of what they've been busy doing undoing writing and that's not enough because it was a crisis before trump was crisis during the obama years. So even if you just 'and if you spend all your time just undoing the damage you you don't end up. Even at the starting point of the trump era because of course climate change has been getting worse all the time. So we actually need more had a catalytic action I agree let me actually a question. Now as you look back katrina was now fifteen And a half years ago and we look look back on that. And i know for me as you know when i went back home to new orleans louisiana you know. My life was threatened by the police in gretna specifically because i wanted to uncover when they stopped the people on the bridge and myself and cynthia mckinney With a conference at the time you know we i loosely threatened and so we had a meeting back then talking about this and and when that came up is one of the elders in the meetings said this i never will forget it She mentioned to us. she says. Why are we so surprised that they moved us. Thousands of miles away When they did that to the slave trade when they gave us a one way ticket and they stole not only our our our city but they stole our continent. And so as you look back is the shot is a really shot doctrine or is it a status quo doctrine that we have here in the united states of america. These absolutely these are continuities. There is there. This is nothing brand new About this strategy a machiavelli's the prince at once this is this is the the authoritarian strategy is to exploit that state of trauma And certainly what happened in new orleans And you know what is called set increasingly. Climate gentrification is a continuation of the transatlantic slave trade colonialism indigenous land. I mean the foundations of the country. And this is why. I guess coming back to your question about the inconvenient truth. If we're willing to look at this crisis with our eyes open it requires that kind of depths of analysis and that the bandaids of we can just fix this with a few little tweaks and don't go too deep. You never brought us anywhere really. I mean if just measure emission reductions ready to. Berg says like enough with the bla-bla-bla elites have been talking about reducing emissions for more than sixty years and.

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