The Right’s Long Crusade Against “Government Schools”

Have You Heard Episode #22: The Right’s Long Crusade Against “Government Schools”: a Conversation with Historian Nancy MacLean

Nancy MacLean’s Democracy in Chains: the Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America, is one of the most buzzed about books of the summer. But her book is also about public education, and the Right’s long crusade to privatize what they call “government schools.” You can read a transcript of the entire interview here. MacLean’s book is fantastic, and I hope that this interview encourages you to read it. Just don’t blame me if you need to sleep with the lights on! Note: if you’re wondering what happened to Have You Heard’s other half, Jack Schneider, he’s been traveling and will be reappearing in episode #23.

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  1. As usual, lots to comment about, but let me start with a basic economic point: employers are never the ones who pay for employees pensions.

    This follows directly from the model of employers as profit hungry bastards. An employer wants to hire a person and is willing to pay $200 a week. The employer does not care if all $200 goes to the employee or if only $180 goes to the employee and $20 goes to the government for the employee’s pension. Payments for pensions are always paid by the employee, no matter who is required to hand the government the money.

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