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MarketWorld Billionaires Fund Campaigns, Frame the Debate on Public Education

December 2, 2018

I highly recommend the book Winners Take All by Anand Giridharadas. The book describes the mindset of the billionaire plutocrats who contribute mightily to both parties as “MarketWorld”:

“These elites believe and promote the idea that social change should be pursued principally through the free market and vulture action, not public life and the law nd the reform of the systems that people share in common; that it should be supervised by the winners of capitalism and their allies, and not be antagonistic to their needs; and that the biggest beneficiaries of the status quo should play a leading role in the status quo’s reform”

So we have the tech billionaires who benefitted from the current system presenting themselves as “reformers” and contributing millions (chump change to them) to political campaigns to ensure that the system doesn’t change.

Over the past several weeks I gathered several articles describing how the billionaires have underwritten candidates who will, in all likelihood, buy into the notion that a combination of market-based reforms and philanthropic donations are the best means of improving public education.

Earlier this month David Callahan, the editor of Inside Philanthropy, offered his views on “reformers” in an article that described how the billionaires hoped to influence the direction of public education through their political donations.

And Truthdig columnist Sonali Kolhatkar described how billionaires are deciding elections. She took special note of the election for California State Superintendent where:

….billionaires bankrolled the campaign of Marshall Tuck, a corporate candidate for school superintendent who strongly supports the privatization of schools. The race between Tuck and his union-backed rival, Tony Thurmond, broke records for the millions of dollars that the candidates raised and the tens of millions that flowed in from outside groups—a shocking trend considering the down-ballot status of the race in a critical midterm election year. Among the deep-pocketed individuals who backed Tuck were members of the Walton family, the CEO of Netflix and Eli Broad, a wealthy philanthropist known for his pro-charter school agenda.

If voters knew that billionaires were spending ridiculous amounts of money to elect a pro-privatization candidate, surely teachers and the parents of public school students might be inclined to view them with distrust?

And Josh Hoxie of Truthdig offered some insights into how the changes in inheritance taxes are putting us on course to be run by the children of billionaires… a circumstance we already find ourselves in with our current President.

And last, but certainly not least, is the news report by Stephanie Saul and Rachel Shorey in the NYTImes that billionaire Michael Bloomberg, who led the so-called “reform” movement in NYC hen he was mayor, made pivotal contributions to the campaigns of 21 Democrats who won house races in the most recent election. While the article cited Mr. Bloomberg’s advocacy for gun control and climate change legislation, anyone who follows the public school privatization movement knows where the former mayor stands on that issue and would ind it hard to believe he would not expect his donations to help support that cause as well.

The only way to change the MarketWorld perspective is to take the money out of politics… and the best way to do that is to support candidates who refuse to take corporate donations or money from PACs like those operated by billionaires like Michael Bloomberg…

 

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