Friday, May 19, 2006

The Mark of McCain

Today is Friday, 19 May 2006.

Last week, John McCain was sucking up to Jerry Falwell, the well-known pseudo-Christian neo-fascist, at the laughably-named "Liberty" University. "Honest John" is just Nixon with a prison record: there is no shit he won't swallow to satisfy his obscene lust for power.

Today, McCain has fouled the commencement of The New School for Social Research.

Shame on NSSR president Bob Kerrey for inviting McCain. Shame on the NSSR trustees for allowing this travesty. All honour to those in the NSSR community who opposed it.

Guess which Ivy of the Left won't be in my will anytime soon.

Sunday, May 14, 2006

I learned this, at least

Today is 14 May 2006.

"I learned this, at least, by my experiment; that if one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours."
--- Henry David Thoreau, Walden

Today is Mother's Day, United States Empire Day, and Gibbs, Green, and Che Memorial Day.

More info at:

museumofthebourgeois.blogspot.com
thoreau2day.blogspot.com

Friday, May 12, 2006

Commencement 2006

Today is 12 May 2006.

Your author has sent the following letter to Bob Kerrey, President of The New School for Social Research, regarding the commencement of 19 May.
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Mr. Bob Kerrey
President
The New School for Social Research
New York City

Sir:

I am proud beyond measure to be a graduate (Lang 92) of one of the finest universities since the Peripatetic: The New School for Social Research, where I took my place in the line of John Dewey, Hannah Arendt, and many others.

I am ashamed that you have chosen John McCain as the 2006 commencement speaker.

The New School was founded as a beacon of hope for those marginalized by the American dream. Establishing the University in Exile, The New School offered refuge to victims of fascist persecution. The graduates of The New School have memorably served the cause of humanity in countless ways.

The values of The New School for Social Research are dishonoured by your invitation to McCain, who clings to reaction in craven hope of ascent to greater power, and has yet to make amends for the crime of the Indochina War, a subject with which you are intimately acquainted.

I say this, not only as a New School graduate, but as a pacifist draft resister during the Indochina War. (I am not only Lang 92, but also Federal Felony for Non-Possession of Draft Materials 72, and Presidential Pardon 77.)

When I graduated, the commencement speaker was Eric Bentley: scholar, playwright, friend and translator of Bertolt Brecht. He was worthy of The New School.

I hope you have retained the shreds of decency necessary to be ashamed of the dishonour you have brought upon The New School.

Sincerely,


[my real name here]

Thursday, May 11, 2006

Welcome To the First Post

Many are displeased with the course charted by those who now rule our beloved The New School for Social Research.

And now comes John McCain as commencement speaker, adding insult to Bob Kerrey injury.

The New School for Social Research, the Ivy of the Left.

The New School was founded in 1919 as a beacon of hope for those marginalized by the American dream. Establishing the University in Exile in 1933, The New School offered refuge to victims of fascist persecution. The graduates of The New School have memorably served the cause of humanity in countless ways.

And now comes John McCain as commencement speaker, adding insult to Bob Kerrey injury.

Herewith is founded the New School In Exile, on 11 May 2006 CDT, renewing the values and ideals of John Dewey, James Robinson, Charles A. Beard, Wesley C. Mitchell, Thorstein Veblen, Leo Wolman, and Alvin S. Johnson.

Details to follow.

"Tho' much is taken, much abides; and tho
We are not now that strength which in the old days
Moved earth and heaven; that which we are, we are;
One equal-temper of heroic hearts,
Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will
To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield."
---Tennyson, "Ulysses"

Signed by a proud New School for Social Research graduate:

First Speaker

May First Speaker be only the first of many voices.