Neither a sitting president nor a majority of Americans supporting marriage equality seemed remotely possible just ten years ago; not impossible, just unlikely to happen anytime soon. If you’d asked me then, I’d probably have said I didn’t expect to see either in my lifetime. Even when considered in the context of more than fifty years of the gay rights movement in America, it raises a question that E.J. Graff: How did we win so much so fast?
It’s no surprise that conservatives think America needs fewer teachers. They’ve done everything they can to accomplish that end, and promise to do much more. What’s mystifying are their claims that fewer teachers would be good for American education.
George W. Bush is our most unpopular president. Mitt Romney seems to have forgotten all about the Bush years, and is banking on the rest of us forgetting how bad the Bush years were. After all, polls consistently show that a majority of Americans blame Bush for the recession.
As it continues to grow, the Quebec student movement holds some lessons for the home of phenomena like the Occupy Movement and the Wisconsin movement that recently forced a historic gubernatorial recall elections.
Much like the stages of coping with grief — denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance — coping with austerity comes with its own stages, including desperation, despair, detachment, and indifference. In fact, today austerity often acts as a catalyst for the kind of life-changing events —sickness, death, divorce, and unemployment — that usually kickstart the cycle of grief.