The ultimate capitalist weapon in the war against public education

Neutron bombSamuel T. Cohen, the inventor of the neutron bomb, has died.

The neutron bomb “used tiny particles that could zip through tanks, walls or buildings with minimal damage but kill humans.”

According to the AP obituary,

Ethicists questioned a weapon designed to destroy only life, but Mr. Cohen spent much of his life advocating for its adoption, saying the bomb’s limited effects were a more moral alternative to other nuclear weapons. ‘It’s the most sane and moral weapon ever devised,’ Cohen told the New York Times in September. ‘It’s the only nuclear weapon in history that makes sense in waging war.’

The LA Times obituary quotes Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev, who called the neutron bomb the ultimate capitalist weapon, built “to kill a man in such a way that his suit will not be stained with blood, in order to appropriate the suit.”

I have used his creation as a metaphor for Chicago’s Renaissance 2010 schools program, which clears out entire school buildings of their staff and students to make them available for private charter operators and other school management systems. Get rid of the people. “Save” the building for the use of others.

The ultimate capitalist weapon in the war against public education.

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