This video has made the rounds and it got me thinking. If this guy, Peter Beinart, is correct, we are on the verge of the next progressive wave in our history. It’s a happy thought for a nice Fall Monday morning. The last one– in the 20’s and 30’s– got us the 40 hour work week, social security, the FDIC, and cheap, accessible higher education, among other things. I am hoping that this time we get a national health care and pension system, cheap or free higher education, student debt relief, and a strong link between productivity and wages, among other things. If it happens, Louis CK will be our John the Baptist.
About Ray Watkins
I was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, at Our Lady of the Lake Hospital. I grew up in Houston, as a part of what we only half-jokingly call the Cajun Diaspora. At a certain point during the Regan administration, I had to leave, so I served in the Peace Corps, Philippines, from 1987-89. I didn't want to return to the United States just yet, so I moved to Paris, France, where I lived for three years or so. I then moved back to Austin, Texas, where I had received my Masters Degree, and (eventually) began a Ph.D., which I completed in 1999. I spent a year at Temple University and then accepted a position at Eastern Illinois University where I worked until May of 2006. I now work exclusively on line (although that may change) for Johns Hopkins, the Art Institute Online, and Smarthinking.com. I can be reached most easily via email: raywatkins [that 'at' symbol] writinginthewild.com