A Teachable Moment

Former local teacher union pesident Morty Rosenfeld periodically attempts to make sense of the increasingly senseless world of public education.

The Party of Reactionaries

It’s disturbingly fascinating to watch the Republican Party become the home of white reactionaries, people for whom the pace of change of modern life threatens their very identity. Faced with the fact that white people will soon be a minority, challenged by the demands of women for political and economic equality, revolted by a world in which gender boundaries are adumbrated, aghast at a country that grows progressively more secular and terrified by an economy that technologically displaces workers faster than they can be retrained, today’s Republicans increasingly appear to embrace an authoritarianism predicated on blood and soil. They want to believe that they can wall off the United States from the modern world and its threats to their way of life, decadent though it may be. This retreat from modernity has been going on for some time. Donald Trump didn’t invent it. He just saw in it an opportunity to be exploited. In Alabama, Roy Moore’s supporters will vote for a child molester rather than chance the possibilities of progressive change.

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