GOP Governors Still Know a Good Deal When They See One
As the economy twists downward for most of us -- as the politics of money tightens like a noose around everything we love -- I think about the disintegration of human values, which insane logic and the Republicans tells us we can no longer afford.
A few days ago,
Last year, for instance, I wrote about a 27-year-old man who suffered a seizure in his jail cell in
This is an emblematic story. My guess is that it resonates with most of us simply because we sense the world getting more and more impersonal. The human connection is short-circuited everywhere.
"How is it," I asked, "that money has decreed an abundance of plastic trash in the world, an abundance of handguns and drone technology and junk food, but a shortage of ambulances for dying prisoners, GOP Governors Still Know a Good Deal When They See One?"
Buchheit, writing about various ways that the privatization process commodifies life itself, talks about "children as products" in the school system. As school personnel, under intense political and economic pressure, focus ever more single-mindedly on increasing their students' test smarts, even at the earliest grade levels, the kids' actual personalities become more and more of a nuisance to the achievement of this politically mandated agenda. Keeping order then becomes a linear, cut-and-dried process. Police or "school resource officers" patrol the hallways, attempting to keep the educational assembly line running smoothly.
Buchheit gives several recent examples of punishment overkill in U.S. schools. In January, according to
And The Guardian last year wrote of a 12-year-old girl at a middle school in
The article notes that, in 2010, nearly 300,000 misdemeanor tickets were issued to
Certainly there is a legacy of dehumanization of various categories of people in
There are no simple solutions to this, only deep solutions. As Korten writes on his website: "Most discussions of issues relating to the environment, justice, peace, poverty, race, gender, immigration, crime, values, education, family, and much else focus on actions to alleviate downstream consequences of upstream system failures."
The failure upstream is an economic system that exploits life rather than serves it. While no one can game life itself, those who have sufficient smarts and sufficient indifference to the consequences of what they do can game the economic system. But it's the system itself -- the coldness at the moment of transaction, the social disconnect that money creates -- which divides the human race into us and them and bequeaths power in wild disproportion, that is the ultimate problem.
And it's our unquestioned acceptance of it that gives the system the power to eat us alive.
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