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The people of Chicago are learning how to disturb, embarrass and block the ambitions of socially destructive politicians and corporate executives, Rick Perlstein of The Nation magazine reports.

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The Chicago Board of Education voted last week to close 50 of the city's public schools as part of Mayor Rahm Emanuel's plan to save more than $500 million, or half the district's deficit. Some 30,000 students will be affected, about 90 percent of them African-American.

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