Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Jeff Bezos's Other Endeavor: Charter Schools, Neoliberal Education Reforms | The Nation

Jeff Bezos's Other Endeavor: Charter Schools, Neoliberal Education Reforms | The Nation:

Jeff Bezos's Other Endeavor: Charter Schools, Neoliberal Education Reforms



Jeff Bezos. (Reuters/Shannon Stapleton)
As news broke yesterday that Amazon.com founder and chief executive Jeff Bezos has dipped into his personal fortune to buy The Washington Post and several Post-related media properties, there has been buzz about Bezos’s potential political agenda.
His record seems to suggest that Bezos is socially liberal, but economically conservative. He has contributed to both Republicans and Democrats, from John Conyers (D-MI) to Slade Gorton (R-WA); donated to the libertarian Reason Foundation; provided $2.5 million to pass gay marriage in Washington State; as well as $100,000 to defeat a modest effort to create an upper income tax in Washington State.
Others have scrutinized Bezos’s record at Amazon to predict his management of the Post. AtThe New Yorker, David Remnick says that under Bezos Amazon has “demonstrated itself to be ‘a First Amendment absolutist’ when it comes to the sale of controversial books (including Mein Kampf’) and an unwillingness to censor reader comments.” Others are less optimistic, 

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