The Transformative Legacy of a Death Dealer

Mar 28, 2019 by

What would it be worth to you?

If you ran a private hospital, would you accept donations from philanthropists who made their fortune in the cottage industry of euthanasia?

And if you were an ambitious jurist, would you ask any questions or ascend to the bench of a kangaroo court with a wink?

“Don’t look a gift horse in the mouth,” could be one of their mottoes.
Sounds like a charter school network, such as Achievement First.

Achievement First is a booming “non-profit” that has a “no questions asked” policy when it comes to accepting donations from highly dubious sources.  Dirty money is fine with them so alone as the money is morally tainted though not against the law.

“Keep your eyes on the prize”  could be another motto of theirs.

Achievement First is proud enough of their close ties to the Sackler family that they continue to embrace gifts from this malevolent benefactor.

The Sackler family owns Purdue Pharmaceuticals, maker of Oxycontin, a highly addicted opioid that is among the most culpable of drugs in the epidemic of fatal overdoses.

It is alleged that the Sacklers had conclusive knowledge of the opioid’s extremely addictive properties, but suppressed knowledge of this information while aggressively marketing the drug and making gargantuan profits from it.  

They figure it’s for a good cause: profits from the death-dealing drug helps pay for their education privatization takeover campaign.

On March 26th, the Sacklers agreed to a $270 million settlement with the state of Oklahoma. That’s one lawsuit down and around 2,000 more to go. The Oklahoma Attorney General made “extensive efforts” to make the settlement “bankruptcy-proof“, because otherwise it might have been impossible for the state to collect on the Sackler’s debt.

Given their  unscrupulous motives and murderous impact, which is well-known, there should be no more willing recipients of their “philanthropy”.

Achievement First charter schools beg to differ. Their 36 Connecticut schools have gobbled up $1.6 million from Jonathan Sackler over less than 5 years.

Public schools are just as much in need of funding as are charter schools. They need more support for essential programs and services. They must fine ingenious ways to cope with challenges so that their kids are offered the greatest opportunities for their education and personal development.

But public schools would never stoop to taking donations from people like the Sacklers.  Doing so would violate non-negotiable core values that the school system tries to maintain.

As Mercedes Schneider, a blogger, points out:  “Sometimes, addiction is to a drug. Other times, it is to the funding generated by that drug. We need to be careful what owns us.”


Ron Isaac

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