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Posted: 2012-01-11

If you don't subscribe to Sam Smith's Undernews, which comes by e-mail but is also available on the Web, you are missing great insight, humor, and thought provoking independence. Below is just a small snippet, which I post because Progressives in education don't seem to be able to do it--that is, come together on a single issue while laying down their arms on everything else. Too many Progressives prefer to maintain their elite, exclusive cliques, patting each other on the back rather than welcoming everybody with common purpose.

The excerpt below is from Post Empire Travel Guide. You should read the whole thing.

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. . . Look up and down, not left and right. Consider the purported major achievements of the Obama administration. Each of them -- the stimulus, healthcare bill, education changes and foreign policy -- has at its core helping the top class of America grab still more of our economic and cultural assets. The healthcare bill was specifically warped to favor private insurance companies. The stimulus gave vastly more attention to Wall Street than to homeowners threatened with foreclosure or the unemployed. Plans to improve train service emphasize high speed rail - i.e. business and not coach class service. And so forth.

We will not overcome the current crisis solely with political logic. We need living rooms like those in which women once discovered they were not alone. The freedom schools of the civil rights movement. The politics of the folk guitar. The plays of Vaclav Havel. Church basements. The pain of James Baldwin. The laughter of Abbie Hoffman. The strategy of Gandhi and King. Unexpected gatherings and unpredicted coalitions. People coming together because they disagree on every subject save one: the need to preserve the human. Savage satire and gentle poetry. Boisterous revival and silent meditation. Grand assemblies and simple suppers. . . .

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