November 05, 2004

Unteachable Ignorance?

Here's the last part of Jane Smiley's contribution to a series of election postmortems in Slate. You should read the whole thing.

"The reason the Democrats have lost five of the last seven presidential elections is simple: A generation ago, the big capitalists, who have no morals, as we know, decided to make use of the religious right in their class war against the middle class and against the regulations that were protecting those whom they considered to be their rightful preyŚworkers and consumers. The architects of this strategy knew perfectly well that they were exploiting, among other unsavory qualities, a long American habit of virulent racism, but they did it anyway, and we see the outcome nowŚCheney is the capitalist arm and Bush is the religious arm. They know no boundaries or rules. They are predatory and resentful, amoral, avaricious, and arrogant. Lots of Americans like and admire them because lots of Americans, even those who don't share those same qualities, don't know which end is up. Can the Democrats appeal to such voters? Do they want to? The Republicans have sold their souls for power. Must everyone?"

Seems a little over the top to me, but there's truth to it. As someone who teaches for a living, I don't much like the concept of "unteachable". Is it really that hopeless?

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At 5:10 PM, little meanie said...

Hi Bernie, Thanks for the definition, maybe I need a newer dictionary. I caught the spelling error today. I got a good chuckle out of your alien story, needed that chuckle today. Well trying to procrastinate on some homework and it is now the moment of truth, off I go, Lisa A.

 

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