Yet the choice is not always between violent fracture – as in an earthquake – or oppressive rule by one set of institutions. If we can contemplate a breakup without more violence than we have now, we ought to think on it.
We lived with these obvious drawbacks to union power and monopoly politics for a long time before the pandemic. Many parents hope that teachers’ unions bad press and clear-cut use of the great awokening to serve their own purposes during the past year will permanently weaken that power. Let’s see.