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When The Village Fails the Child
Getting to the “Party of the Future”
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  • Anthony

    “The challenges of a new century and Getting to the Party of the Future” are both thoughts (ideas) definitely germane to Demographic outside of TAI’s regular audience. So, at one level essay’s message needs to find agency/resonance beyond this virtual web-site – a message whose general premise I agree with. On top of that and in the face of economic stagnation (for many Americans), these challenges (implied) are harder to face in that aspects of our politics turn to a looking back as well as a tendency to seek out scapegoats – rather than assess frankly how does the American political system work (and for what purpose). The challenges are real WRM but the capacity is lacking.

    In short, the change you aspire and the agency to push the questions of who gets what, when, how, and why given 21st century occurrences lie with those born between years 1980-Present. May we shepherd them wisely in this thicket (who is included in this American [Global] project and on what basis).

  • FriendlyGoat

    The main problems with public schools are not that we have so many “grossly ineffective teachers”. The main problem is that we have so many grossly ineffective parents and students.

  • Greg Olsen

    This should have never been in the courts in the first place. Reforming teacher tenure belongs in the political arena and as WRM points out, the political party that takes on the mantle of the party of the future will be the winner in the long run. The Republican party is in a moribund condition in the State of California–a permanent minority party that is only empowered by the requirement for super majorities to pass taxes. Maybe the fracturing of the Republican Party due to Trump at the national level will empower a splinter to form a successor party that can compete in California, unhampered by “R” on the ballot. Nominal R’s perform well in California in the officially non-partisan races. “R” is toxic. Maybe the Whigs need to make a comeback. 🙂

  • Angel Martin

    “Starve the beast” is going to happen to these cities in the next recession, regardless. Many cities and states are barely solvent now – after eight years of economic “recovery”. Imagine what their finances will look like in the next recession, especially if real estate prices start falling.

    One area of financial risk is underfunded public sector pension plan. WRM has already flagged the unrealistic investment returns that are being assumed to get these pension plans out of the hole. Yesterday the WSJ flagged some of the reckless strategies that pension funds are using to goose their returns.

    http://www.wsj.com/articles/pensions-play-with-puts-for-protection-1471777202
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    Yes, believe it or not, some pension plans are writing uncovered puts on the S&P with up to 10 percent of the value of the fund at risk.

    I guess the lessons of the 1987 Crash have been forgotten, and need to be relearned.

  • Andrew Allison

    Black Lives Matter most emphatically does NOT represent the interests of the people it purports to represent!

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