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[Xmca-l] Re: poverty/class

Look to Florida legislature for the effort to increase the inequity.

1) A bill, already passed and signed by the governor that allows students to bypass college prep classes at state colleges, even when they lack the skills to pass college level classes. Students can now fail their way out of financial aide, thus reducing the numbers of poor and middle classes children obtaining college degrees.

2) A bill currently in legislature to prohibit state colleges from offering 4-year degrees. Since state colleges charge less than universities, it will again make it financially more difficult for lower and middle class students to obtain a college education.

3) A bill currently in the legislature to siphon more funds away from public education to charter schools who can choose not to enroll students.

The movement to further separate the "classes' is real.


-----Original Message-----
From: Andy Blunden <ablunden@mira.net>
To: eXtended Mind, Culture, Activity <xmca-l@mailman.ucsd.edu>
Sent: Fri, Mar 21, 2014 8:36 am
Subject: [Xmca-l] Re: poverty/class

Yes, it seems to me that the burgeoning inequality created by 
neoliberalism is a situation crying out for imaginative social 
entrepreneurship, i.e., social movement building. It is good to hear 
that the 1/99 protests have generated talk about inequality, but that in 
itself does not create a solution, does it?
*Andy Blunden*

Avram Rips wrote:
> Innovation and entrepreneurship  in some ways means capital crowding 
> out social space and solidarity. This is evident in cities-whole 
> neighborhoods taken over by wealthy crafts people, and little focus on 
> co-operative movements for working class people-where a new focus on 
> participatory democracy can be developed ,and working class culture in 
> the Gramscian sense. take care! Avram
> ----- Original Message ----- From: "mike cole" <lchcmike@gmail.com>
> To: "Andy Blunden" <ablunden@mira.net>
> Cc: "eXtended Mind, Culture, Activity" <xmca-l@mailman.ucsd.edu>
> Sent: Friday, March 21, 2014 12:31 AM
> Subject: [Xmca-l] Re: poverty/class
>> Andy--- My intent in the garbled sentence you query was to suggest 
>> that the
>> discourse in the US around vicious inequalities has increased 
>> markedly in
>> the past year in tandem with a kind of frenzy in those parts of 
>> academia I
>> come in contact with about "design, culture, and creativity" all of 
>> which
>> are linked to innovation and entrepreneurship. I very interested in the
>> nature of imagination and creativity but I they often appear to be 
>> new code
>> words for social and individual salvation in a lean, mean, neo-liberal
>> world.
>> Maybe just another of my confusions.
>> mike
>> On Wed, Mar 19, 2014 at 6:14 PM, Andy Blunden <ablunden@mira.net> wrote:
>>> Mike, could you clarify a little your comment below ...
>>> ------------------------------------------------------------------------ 
>>> *Andy Blunden*
>>> http://home.mira.net/~andy/
>>> mike cole wrote:
>>>> ... My fear that is appearance is non-accidentally rated to 
>>>> explosion of
>>>> concern about poverty/class (the 1%/99% idea has become ubiquitous in
>>>> American
>>>> discourse).
>>>> mike

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