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Lohse ‘12 Sees Crimson
I can’t recall the last time that a writer for The D published a column in another Ivy paper, but today’s Harvard Crimson contains a piece by Andrew Lohse ‘12, entitled “Liberty or Madness,” that focuses on the civil rights and human aftermath of 9/11. Lohse, whom this space took to task not too long ago, is starting to make a name for himself. His first column in The D, a polemic criticizing Dartmouth students’ enthrallment with corporate recruiting, was reprinted by CNBC, Business Insider, NYT Dealbook, and The Atlantic Wire. The boy has touched a nerve out there.
The Crimson piece contains Lohse’s seemingly typical mix of clear writing, personal detail, and the worst kinds of ideology-fueled generalization: “President Obama… has perpetuated the Bush-Cheney-Rumsfeld police-state practices”; “Our citizenry has been so psychologically scarred that we are literally terrorized by our own government…”; “It is a unique breed of violent, uninhibited madness”; “This has been the decade that has witnessed the American republic’s death.” He concludes in his usual stirring fashion:
Our generation will be defined by how we deal with the reality of what happened on September 11, 2001 and how successful we are in dismantling the fascist excesses of power, created under the Bush-Cheney-Rumsfeld administration in the events’ wake and strengthened and canonized by the Obama-Biden-Clinton administration.
That said, in comparison with the milquetoast guardedness of most columns in The D, Lohse’s writing has the virtue of staking out a position. I look forward to seeing if his future work can maintain his unflinching attitude, add some evidentiary support, and then fire with the precision of a sniper’s rifle rather than a blunderbuss.
October 18, 2009
When Love Beckoned in 52nd Street
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October 9, 2009
D Afraid of a Little Competish
So our colleague and Dartblog writer Joe Asch informed me that the D has rejected our cunning advertising campaign. Uh-oh. The Dartmouth is widely known as a breeding ground for instant New York Times successes,…
September 4, 2009
How Regents Should Reign
As Dartmouth alumni proceed through the legal hoops necessary to defuse a Board-packing plan—which put in unhappy desuetude an historic 1891 Agreement between alumni and the College guaranteeing a half-democratically-elected Board of Trustees—it strikes one…
August 29, 2009
Election Reform Study Committee
If you are an alum of the College on the Hill, you may have received a number of e-mails of late beseeching your input for a new arm of the College’s Alumni Control Apparatus called…
August 23, 2009
Fare Thee Well, Tom Crady
And now Dean Tom Crady has precipitously announced his departure from the College after only 20 months on the job. How to read this? By way of background, prior to coming to Dartmouth, Crady had…
May 31, 2009
Kangaroo Court, Indeed
In an interview with The Dartmouth, alumni-elected trustee T.J. Rodgers ‘70 explained his reasons for declining to participate in future evaluations of trustees up for “re-election,” namely the “kangaroo court” nature of such discussion in…