This crossed my mind as I read your Saturday blog entry. It begins with a quote from Pilgrim’s Progress taken by a former “Progressive” President who tried to address abuse of the many in American society by the wealthy and powerful of his time. He was called a lot of things too. Just like teachers.
A quote from Theodore Roosevelt: (a Republican, by the way) from “The Man with the Muck Rake”
“In Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress you may recall the description of the Man with the Muck Rake, the man who could look no way but downward, with the muck rake in his hand; who was offered a celestial crown for his muck rake, but who would neither look up nor regard the crown he was offered, but continued to rake to himself the filth of the floor.”
Roosevelt’s point was to illustrate how how a person could overlook or misunderstand central facts by obsessing upon a more trivial personal dislike.
The views expressed by your troll clearly illustrate feelings of loss and powerlessness. Is this powerlessness and loss all that is seen? Is he or she angry because teachers can still try to demand fair treatment from those who have taken so much from them?
The wealthy and powerful in our society have overwhelmed the ability of many to resist. Things have taken away from those who “played by the rules”. Things that they expected as their due for a lifetime of labor. Isolation and anger are all that seem to be left after so much has been taken.
A “Why, me?” reaction seems to have morphed into “Why not them as well?” on the part of these trolls. After all, teachers still have some of the benefits these individuals expected to get in return for their labors, but lost.
Teachers still can fight to keep from losing these things. Perhaps it is in reaction to feelings of loss and powerlessness that he or she attacks teachers and teacher unions. Classic displacement.
Exploitation at the hands of the few rich and powerful comes at the expense of the many. Teachers are a counterbalance to those who have exploited public goods to enrich themselves. That counterbalance is created through moral persuasion and collective action. This troll attacks and denigrates that counterbalance because he or she has no power to resist themselves.
I would suggest a little more reading for this person to gain a clearer understanding of who is doing what to whom and at what cost. Don Washington wrote an interesting commentary related to how our “troll” got to where they are now. I found it illuminating. Here is how to find it.
The Article: A View from Washington – The Common Public Good or Uncommon Private Violence Awaits
More resistance, less Stockholm Syndrome please.