Idiot Wind: The Eternal Return of the Politics of the 1970s

August 30th, 2011

Published on Dissident Voice, by Phil Rockstroh / August 26, 2011.

Unpopular wars drag on, gas prices erratically rise and inexplicably fall, as clouds of cynicism, dark as Richard Nixon’s perpetual five o’clock shadow, brood over the length of the U.S.  At times, it seems as though Nixon’s 1970s never ended: Only Ronald Reagan’s/Bill Clinton’s/Barack Obama’s Quaalude-laced, faux populist snake oil caused the nation collectively to slip into a soporific sleep — and now, with the effects of the drug wearing off, we begin to awaken…hung over, groggy, queasy…still in the midst of that ugly and odious era … (full long text).  

Link: Wall Street Goes to School: Education and the Crisis of Public Values, on Dissident Voice, by Tolu Olorunda, August 27, 2011.

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