I’m still laughing about this idea of public education being “communist.”–as if just speaking the word “communist” immediately should make folks recoil, like garlic to vampires.
Lee used a word the other day–“populism“–that he seems to also think has fallen out of favor. Perhaps it has.
But I like it. Isn’t it better to be on the side of the people, of common folks, than not?
Aren’t we better off to work together in small groups?
I don’t have a lot of faith in democracy on a scale this large, as you know. I have a lot of hope in it. I really and sincerely hope we can make it work, but it seems to me that it shares many of the same problems as communism, which is that it works on a small scale, when you are accountable to each other and the fuck-ups and the cheats can be found out and dealt with, and when people feel motivated to participate.
I mean, it sure enough is easy to vote when there are 150 people voting. Hell yes, then, your vote can make a difference.
Sometimes, sure, it’s hard to see how your vote makes a difference now.
Which is a shame because now what we have is a kind of two-tiered system where a small group of people vote for people from an even smaller group to run things. And who can be in either of those two groups is as closely regulated as it can be without being obvious. Many folks who would be motivated to vote for real change have been removed from the pool by harsh drug laws. The others have been convinced that their votes won’t count (or be counted) or don’t matter.
It’s a shame we buy into this stuff.
Ha, this post was going to be about parks and education and stuff that we hold in common and that is for the common good, but I got distracted.
I have to go get in the shower and then navigate the elevators.