From Full to Part Time

I am on the list where part-timers express their concerns. Before I stopped teaching at Brooklyn College we were already beginning to assign advanced courses to part-timers as our budgets shrank — in the past the state and city had carried tuition.

I watched one of my former philosophy teachers assign himself an income of about 1/2 million as CEO of a Boston area college. He had been one of my most arrogant and biased teachers at Yale.

Needless to say American education is declining drastically in comparison with our global competitors — and we are paying the price in loss of jobs in all areas.

Needless to say, our military endeavors are failing as the rest of the world adjusts to a global economy. Muslims are not our new ‘Soviet’ enemy.

With the recent election we must anticipate that things will grow far worse as social and economic justice are sabotaged. We will increasingly become a nation divided between those who have too much and those millions of hungry — cheated of food and homes.

We already by far have vastly more than our (costly) share of prisoners. America is becoming a jail rather than a democracy. Most of us are trapped in it as the super rich take over the remnants of our economy.

During my teaching career I have watched us changing from a democratic nation to a plutocracy. The substitution of part-timers has made teaching a precarious profession. And the liberation of women has ironically taken them out of the classroom and brought them into law and medicine — and profitable business roles.

The leader of the 20th century is now the loser of this one. We may yet begin to see reverse migration to escape our travails here.

And so we went — down a sewage drain.

“A war is just if there is no alternative, and the resort to arms is legitimate if they represent your last hope.” (Livy cited by Machiavelli)

Ed Kent [blind copies]

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