Oofa… what a crumbling, implosive feeling in my chest when another one of my former students has to drop out of college because the cost is sinking him and his family into unsustainable debt. This morning, I have some particularly choice and angry words for the profiteer-enablers who push their extorted markets and debt peonage with prettified codewords of “austrian economics” and “might makes right” codified aka modern corporate libertarianism. Selfishness-as-the highest-moral is a corporate sickness that has been shoved into high schools and colleges across America on the checks of the world’s most destructive and murderous companies. Exxon Mobil paid for you to read FA Hayek and Ayn Rand. So did Rio Tinto. When you use this garbage to belittle and dehumanize your community, you have become the little brownshirt foot-trooper they were hoping for when they first stuck that 9 figure investment into our schools three generations ago. I’m flat out done pretending this isn’t a murderous ideology the Right Wing holds. Once more, here’s an updated list of things I’ve heard justified by the selfishness-as-highest-moral ethos which runs from Rand to the pseudo-economics of FA Hayek: Genocide, murder, rape, unlimited/unregulated poisoning of food/air/water, forced castration, wholesale stock fraud, mail fraud, stealing old people’s retirement money, rich kids literally buying grades, rich people buying laws, eliminating democracy entirely, and yes, read AEI stupid, even switching us over to a one-man-all-laws dictatorial monarchy. I’m done with the kiddy gloves on this sh-t. If you come at me with this right wing garbage, I’m going to send you pictures of corpses caused by your ideology. There’s a place where ideology meets reality, and quite often that meeting ground is the meat and mind of poor and working classes. Come to Ridgewood, stupid. I’ll show you the way they use your ideology to gut the neighborhoods of working people so the developers can re-begin their twisted cycle of criminalization, condemnation, “rehabilitation” and, of course, the front lines of inner-empire, gentrification. Come with me to upstate, stupid, we’ll see how your billionaire-sponsored ideology has created a system where 2 in 3 people who exit the NYS penal system are back in it within 3 years. Your “austrian economics” and “free market solutions” did that. From now on, expect to be called out if you believe in this junk. The patience piston in my little activist engine is worn through today…. Human pain, human suffering should matter to you. And if it doesn’t, then f— you and your psychotic/sociopathic ideology.
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