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  • It’s Still About Class War

    March 16, 2016

    David Burress

    It is important to understand the larger patterns revealed in the destructive legislation perpetrated by the radical right. Generally speaking, the RR has (in effect) one overarching goal–class war–which is supported by objectives that include: 1. taking government action that directly redistributes power and wealth upward to the oligarchs 2. creating or exploiting divisions and splits between ...

  • The Lingering Bias Shared by Religious Fundamentalists

    March 16, 2016

    David Burress

    For a long time something about the history of the theory of Darwinian evolution bothered me a lot: why did it take so long to discover? Compared with physics theories that depend on calculus, or chemistry theories that require a lot of detailed knowledge, it is not all that difficult to understand. You can explain ...

  • Not a Bug in the System but a Feature

    March 14, 2016

    David Burress

    It is high time to recognize that the Brownbackian destruction of Kansas’s credit rating is not a bug. It is a feature. Actually, it is emerging as a central feature. In the “starve the beast” strategy, it is not enough to merely reduce the tax base to the point where services viewed by the majority can no ...

  • “Common Core Standards”

    March 9, 2016

    David Burress

      No telling what people mean when they oppose “Common Core Standards.” The term has 3 precise meanings plus at least 3 more vague meanings. Precise meanings: 1. Original meaning: document from an interstate Governor’s commission listing the things you ought to know in core courses by grade level. (A good and much needed thing, especially when kids ...