A general strike in Spain. / #29m Arenal street
The Baffler,  February 6, 2017

Daily Bafflements

Betsy Devos, general strikes, Thomas Frank on Bannon

A general strike in Spain. / #29m Arenal street
w
o
r
d

f
a
c
t
o
r
y

• Mike Pence plans to cast a tie-breaking vote to aid the confirmation of Betsy DeVos as education secretary. As Jennifer Berkshire wrote after her journey to the heart of DeVos-land, the “DeVosian vision of school reform is the anti–New Deal offensive launched by the free-market reactionaries of the American Liberty League, retooled for schools and delivered with evangelical zeal.”

• Calls for a general strike have been many; would one be possible yet? “Even moderately effective general strikes don’t emerge, willy-nilly, like miraculous interventions into national life,” writes Alex Gourevich. “They are intensifications and radicalizations of already existing patterns of resistance by the working class.”

• Baffler founding editor Thomas Frank was on the radio, talking about Steve Bannon’s knack for organizing discontent by adopting leftist language: “He sounds like me!”

You Might Also Enjoy

Fear Factor

Tom Carson

Today’s TV landscape is eerily devoid of anything resembling optimism.

outbursts

Baffler Newsletter

new email subscribers receive a digital copy of our current issue.

Further Reading

 February 7

If Jordan Peterson really is the “most influential public intellectual in the Western world right now,” as David Brooks writes, we have reason to worry.

 February 6

If the Internet is truly such a revolutionary break from the past, why are companies like Google in bed with cops and spies?

 February 2

To be young, gay, and undocumented in Alabama is to understand that "deferred action" means your freedoms are on hold.