" There is a campaign
under way to essentially destroy the public education system along
with every aspect of human life and attitudes and thought that
involve social solidarity. It's being done in all sorts of ways.
One is simply by underfunding. So, if you can make the public
schools really rotten, people will look for an alternative. Any
service that's going to be privatized, the first thing you do
is make it malfunction so people can say, " We want to get
rid of it. It's not running. Let's give it to Lockheed."
Noam Chomsky, The Progressive
magazine, September 1999, p37
" Many of us regard ourselves
as mildly liberal or centrist politically, voice fairly pleasant
sentiments about our poor children, contribute money to send poor
kids to summer camp, feel benevolent. We're not nazis; we're nice
people. We read sophisticated books. We go to church. We go to
synagogue. Meanwhile, we put other people's children into an economic
and environmental death zone. We make it hard for them to get
out. We strip the place bare of amenities. And we sit back and
say to ourselves, "Well, I hope that they don't kill each
other off. But if they do, it's not my fault."