One of the singluar aspects of collectivist ideology is that it puts the “common good” and the collective interest ahead of the interests of the individual, since only through the collective can a person truly have anything.*
Over thirty years ago, Margaret Thatcher “hit the nail on the head” when it came to economic socialism—that they’d rather the poor be poorer provided the rich were less rich, that is, if the gap is smaller they don’t care if everyone is worse off. It is this sentiment that has animated the teachers’ unions’ in Nevada to take-away Opportunity Scholarships for primarily non-White minority children and force them into the child-abuse centers known as Nevada Public Education.
“In an unanimous vote, the Democratic majority on the Interim Finance Committee (IFC) refused to approve Governor Lombardo’s proposed $3.4 million to protect hundreds of Opportunity Scholarships for low-income students. Republican members of the committee unanimously approved the funding.
“During the lengthy hearing, numerous parents, students, and organization stressed the importance of the program, with Lombardo’s Chief of Staff Ben Kieckhefer noting: ‘Parents and families have made up their minds about school choice and they like it. I’m not gonna try to convince you to like it … What I’m here to ask is whether you’ll allow the families and the students to continue attending the schools that they’ve already chosen.’
“During the 2015 legislative session, bill AB165 was passed providing a means for taxpayers to contribute funds to one-of-six approved Opportunity Scholarship organizations in lieu of paying all or part of their modified business tax. Although funded through tax credits, Opportunity Scholarships have been labeled by many Democrats as a ‘scam’ and a ‘voucher program’ that diverts taxpayer money from public schools.
“At the beginning of the 2023 Legislative Session, Governor Lombardo proposed increasing Opportunity Scholarship funding to $50 million through Assembly Bill 400, which Democrats referred to as a “non-starter” and gutted the bill to remove the scholarship funding increase”
These scholarships were used for children who the public schools failed. But teachers and the Left do not care if individual children suffer, just as long as the collective is benefited… oh, not the collective student body, but the educational establishment decided benefits itself!
They’ve even come right out and stated that their world view is the individual or the collective, with themselves clearly on the side of collectivist ideology.
Pay attention parents:
— Victor Joecks (@VictorJoecks) August 10, 2023
Yes, they are all in it together, the teachers more equally than others.*
* Nomenklatura excepted, of course.