The Spark

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.” — Karl Marx

The New Model State

May 31, 2010

People who don’t take advantage of the crisis to cross over to a new model are wasting the crisis.” So said the Democratic Governor of Michigan, Jennifer Granholm, to The New York Times.

In so many words, she explained how she and her Republican predecessor used the ten-year economic collapse in Michigan to drastically lower public expectations about what services government provides and what quality of life the population can expect.

According to Granholm, the budget deficits of the last decade were useful to “press the reset button on our economy and our government.”

What might a future modeled after Michigan look like? School systems ripped apart, road quality destroyed, water systems left to rot, public safety underfunded and dental care and other medical procedures for the poor eliminated....

By holding up Michigan as the new model, the New York Times, this voice for the capitalist class, promotes economic collapse and human misery as a great way to reduce education, social programs and public services.