Taking an Opportunity to Miss an Opportunity

7 02 2017

St. Paul, Minnesota

This is why I get paid the big bucks, to fish and ferret out angles that everyone misses to make profound points.

AR and Sailer have already linked to this essay in City Journal about equitypalooza in the St. Paul Public Schools, so many of you have already read it.

Here’s the part that really jumped out at me, but as far as I can tell, didn’t jump out at anyone else:

In November 2015, St. Paul voters vented their frustration with Silva’s policies in a dramatic way. They overwhelmingly elected a new school board with a strong anti-Silva majority. Caucus for Change, a teachers’-union-organized group, engineered the victory.

This is, of course, another example of the mostly unnoticed schism that has opened up in the liberal political universe between neoliberals/plutocrats/SJWs on one side, and the teachers’ unions (mostly NEA and AFT) on the other side.

Ironically and sadly, I’m writing this on the day that Betsy Wetsy was confirmed as and then sworn in as Education Secretary.

I have known for some time that most unionized public school teachers want no part of the neolib/rich/SJW psuedo-moral crusade against them, and they mostly don’t agree with the annual cavalcade of leftard political resolutions that officially emanate from the NEA and AFT.  This is why the union in St. Paul organized to swab the deck of the equity wackadoodles and replace them with relatively sane people, because teachers, union members, were constantly getting assaulted, and even beyond that, the discipline-exempt wild dindu students were making actual education all but impossible.

Teachers’ unions can be picked off and a permanent wedge between they and the Democrat/left can be driven into the ground.  In fact, it never had to be the case where they were ever that tight.

It is said way too often that social issues are the opiate of the right.  In reality, the opiate of the right for a long time, a drug habit not kicked until very recently, about the time the OCGE rode down the escalator, was libertarian economic ideology.  For the many reasons that its influence was a political success retardant, it started a doomsday machine which drove the right and teachers’ unions further and further apart, when by all rights, considering all the other factors, they should have been getting closer and closer together.  The right’s economic libertarianism and the resultant disdain for public education was the initial spark that drove public school teachers and their unions into the hands of the Democrats and the left.  Once they got there, this only gave the Republicans and the right the incentive to be all the more hostile to teachers’ unions.  As the blogger Education Realist has amply demonstrated, voucher mania, which started on the boilerplate Republican right, but later became a neoliberal obsession, really had nothing to do with conservative virtue signaling for the educational well being of black students, because the politics of vouchers were pushed in big cities but not in the black belt of the Deep South.  No, the real reason for vouchers was busting the NEA and AFT, so that it decouples the Democrat Party from its prime funding source.  EdReal’s hint is that the teachers in big black cities are almost entirely union, whilst teachers in the Deep South black belt are not.  The NEA and AFT figured out what was going on, and only ran further away from the right.  The vicious cycle continued:  The NEA and AFT co-signed the kook left’s agenda, which drove the right further way and made them more hostile, on and on it went.  However, the right is to blame for setting the doomsday machine in motion.

If the greater American right had ditched the milk jug of economic libertarian ideology on the expiration date printed on its carton, and not let it linger in its refrigerator, then it would have been able to open itself up to more creative political strategy about education policy and trying to make friends with the teachers’ unions.  Sure, the Jews are always a problem, and we all know that they will always use their influence to cock block genuinely nationalist politics.  But that doesn’t mean that the right couldn’t have nuanced the politics of the situation to something more fruitful than economic libertarianism but not to a point where the Jews would have dropped the hammer.  Like I said, the Republicans and the right have been trying to separate the unions from the Democrats for a long time, but they did it in such a way where the results were just the opposite.

A golden opportunity to stop the doomsday machine presented itself starting several years back, when the neolib/rich/SJW colossus overtook the teachers’ unions within the Democrat Party in terms of being able to swing the policy stick, a stick that winds up being beaten against the heads of unionized teachers.  As you can read in this City Journal article.

Enter Donald Trump.  He broke the blue wall of the Electoral College in no small part because he was the Republican nominee for President who in the post-Reagan era most openly broke with economic libertarianism.  So what does he do?  He falls right back into the same swamp he pulled his (adopted) political party out of with this dunderhead pick of Betsy Wetsy.  She’s personally no worse than any other vouchers-uber-alles advocate, and like most well to do conservatives or Republicans or their silver spoon wives who advocate vouchers, she outsources her thinking on education policy to the nearest libertarian/ish ideologue.  The reason I think it’s a bad pick was because she gives the left an excuse to paper over its internal civil war on education, which at least for now they have.  Remember, we want to drive Davis Guggenheim and Randi Weingarten further apart, not closer together.  At the very least, Trump should have picked someone who would not have made such kissing-and-making up possible, and ideally, he should have picked someone who would have exacerbated it, and the only way to do that would have been to pick a union sympathizer.  My recommendation was the aforementioned blogger Education Realist.  The weird part about that is that there is an identifiable conveyor belt from EdReal straight to Trump personally — Steve Sailer reads EdReal and EdReal often comments on Sailer, Ann Coulter reads Sailer, Steve Bannon reads Coulter and Breitbart runs her columns, and Bannon works directly for Trump and has his ear.

I think that this could well be the biggest wasted opportunity of the OCGE’s years in power in terms of practical politics, which in turn is a wasted opportunity to knock the social justice agenda flat on its ass.

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17 responses

7 02 2017
Lewis33

Great stuff, agree 100%. I know that my schooling (parochial) would have been hindered had it been flooded with voucher waving dindus. The thing I wonder about though (as far as vouchers) is that if they make the process of obtaining them difficult enough (like getting into certain charter schools) then they could benefit a great many poor whites who have good parents, and only a small amount of dindus, because most single moms aren’t going to jump through hoops. Of course that’s with a perfect system, which it wouldn’t be, and even if it were they would have to soon change it because of disparate impact. This voucher crap is all the rage among cuckservatives here in Indiana and I often find it difficult to argue against as I myself have conflicting thoughts. Education would be so much simpler without dindus fouling up every rational plan.

7 02 2017
countenance

And that’s the part of this matter I didn’t even touch on here, that vouchers would fuck up the good private schools and religious schools with the same wild dindus that ruined the public schools. That’s its own essay.

7 02 2017
Nicholas Stix

Abut 15 years ago, Gary North wrote that another word for vouchers is “busing.”

7 02 2017
Lewis33

You’re absolutely right that they missed a huge opportunity. It’s not called the stupid party for nothing!

7 02 2017
countenance
8 02 2017
UlricKerensky

Why did the Democratic party go with neoliberal education reformers in the first place? It’s one of the few issues where they embraced an issue from the other side, and one which creates far more political problems for them than the GOP, pre 2015 or the current year.

8 02 2017
countenance

Because SJWism is the other side’s opiate.

8 02 2017
High Arka

Completely agree. Trump’s cabinet appointments have been so stupid. It’s clearly stupid stupidity that would make him perpetuate a Zionist duopoly, because I know that in his heart of hearts he is hostile to Jewish subversion of our families and societies, and he’s only appointing so many Jews and being so friendly to Israel as a way to fool the uneducated into thinking he’s actually another in a long line of JOG presidents. But how could he be so stupid with so many of his cabinet appointments? Doesn’t he realize that some of his less-intelligent followers won’t understand the pragmatic nature of leaving the U.S. in Jewish control for a few more years??

Sadly, despite all his intelligence, he made a stupid mistake on this one. In every other way, he is playing eleven dimensional chess, completely retaking our nation. But in just only merely maybe one or two of these cabinet appointments, he is making utterly thoughtless decisions that would make an ignorant outsider think he was an Obama marketed for a conservative audience.

8 02 2017
countenance
8 02 2017
countenance

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/teachers-wearing-body-cameras-to-film-unruly-pupils-d3r7cdm60

The teachers get good video. Then what? We’ll all watch it, Official Britain will say it’s the fault of the white teachers and their white privilege and cultural incompetency. Some Labour and Tory Party politicians will talk about vouchers. Because of the country’s repressive thoughtcrime laws, or barring that, PC in general, nobody will want to state the obvious from what these cameras show.

9 02 2017
sthomson1971

You’ve probably noticed that Education Realist can’t write under her own name, because she would lose her job. Kind of an impediment to being a cabinet secretary, not to mention an illustration of how far away we are from saying anything realistic about education.

My daughter goes to a private girls school in Manhattan. They have a pipeline of about 25% of the student body coming from programs (some of them very old) that identify promising young ladies from the hood. School continues to function while satisfying its thirst for diversity. Much harder to do that with boys, of course.

9 02 2017
sthomson1971

The problem Betsy DeVos shows about Trump is that he points the way to a new party, but he took over an existing one…and there isn’t enough of a movement behind him to staff his administration. So huge areas of policy, including important ones, go by default to the old party.

9 02 2017
Rev. Right

“Teachers’ unions can be picked off and a permanent wedge between they and the Democrat/left can be driven into the ground.”

I find it hard to believe that is possible. The education profession is overwhelmingly female. Point to any female-dominated institution that isn’t strongly on the left.

9 02 2017
GW

It’s highly unlikely Trump could do much to exacerbate this alleged schism, as even the more moderate teachers’ union members are pretty far to the left politically. In fact I’m not sure this is necessarily a schism except in particular circumstances. There is quite a bit of overlap between SJW-mentality and your modern liberal unionized public educator–both are strongly egalitarian, both are deeply concerned with following modern liberal pieties, both are overwhelmingly female, etc.

DeVos isn’t a great choice and her tenure will improve little, but the psychological effect her confirmation had on the left cannot be discounted. They lost. Again. Meanwhile Sessions got through relatively easily soon after, and AG is far more important than Education Sec.

Still I would love to see Congress get rid of the department concurrent with a bill reaffirming the sovereign right of the states to determine education policy/funding. In this case, strong libertarianism (eliminating federal departments) is far better than weak libertarianism (try to manage them through neo-liberal policy ideas).

9 02 2017
Joshua Sinistar

Betty Non-White is just another weasel in the hen house. She’s not an outlier. Trump is following in Reagan’s footsteps. Reagan helped ruin your life. His folksy wet nurse attitude to blechs made Mothafucking Marchin Lootin Kang Day and moar Affirmative Action for anyone but you. The enemy is a chicken too. But it uses the niggers to attack you. All that phony baloney “philanthropy” is sending apes to rape up your future and brown the world to mud.
They blame teachers to pretend the fault is in the teachers and not the dumb brown scum. Lets not kid ourselves. We’re seeing a sad ass Reagan reboot to try to lull us back to sleep.
Look tax cuts. Buy some beer and ignore the screams of Whites being murdered and raped.

9 02 2017
High Arka

I wish you were right, but Trump’s tax plan turned out to be a lie, too–he’s raising the rate for many middle-income earners, as well as upping to 40% the highest bracket.

I remember around a year ago when there was potential for him to be a non-Jew, and his site suggested lowering income rates to 25% and making it up with government spending cuts and cuts to corporate “aid.” Instead, it turned out to be another pretty lie.

19 02 2017
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