cross-posted: The G Bitch Spot

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Western experts later distanced themselves from the excesses of the Indian Emergency, but records from the time show that many advisers supported, if not cheered, India’s fling with despotism. In September 1975, three months after the Emergency began, demographer Kingsley Davis considered the expansion of Asian slums in an article for the Population Development Review, a journal sponsored by the Population Council, and arrived at an endorsement of authoritarianism. Democracy, Davis concluded, was at odds with effective population control and stability in Asia; the only political system for the continent’s mushrooming megacities was a “strong government that stands in contrast to the populace in skill as well as power…ruling a docile mass of semi-educated but thoroughly indoctrinated urbanites existing at a low level of consumption, working very hard, and accepting passively what is provided for them.” [Hvistendahl, 2011, p. 88]

Substitute other words and you might get:

Education experts later distanced themselves from the excesses of the charter movement, but records from the time show that many advisers supported, if not cheered, Louisiana‘s fling with despotism. In September 2012, seven years after the Reform began, education researcher and university professor Calvin Hobbes considered the expansion of charter schools in the Times-Picayune, and arrived at an endorsement of authoritarianism. Democracy, Hobbes concluded, was at odds with effective school reform in New Orleans; the only political system for the city’s deteriorated public school system was a “strong government that stands in contrast to the populace in skill as well as power…ruling a docile mass of semi-educated but thoroughly indoctrinated urbanites existing at a low level of consumption, working very hard, and accepting passively what is provided for them.”

Or “War on Women” and “Conscientious Objection” and “Republican base.”

Hvistendahl, M. (2011). Unnatural selection: choosing boys over girls, and the consequences of a world full of men. New York: PublicAffiars.

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