American public intellectual, Henry Giroux, sees his homeland about to embark on America's "Second Gilded Age" dominated by "The Rule of Billionaires and Militarists."
During his presidential campaign, Donald Trump made it clear that he liked the uneducated and that once he assumed the presidency, he would appoint a range of incompetent people to high ranking positions that would insure that many people remain poorly educated, illiterate, and impoverished. A few examples make the point. Betsy DeVos, the nominee for Secretary of Education is a multi-millionaire, has no experience in higher education, supports for-profit charter schools, and is a strong advocate for private school vouchers. Without irony, she has described her role in education as one way to “advance God’s kingdom.” She is anti-union, and her motto for education affirms Trump’s own educational philosophy to “defund, devalue, and privatize.”
As for Trump's housing secretary, Ben Carson, Giroux leaves it up to New York City council:
Where is Charles Dickens now that we need him?