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Dinosaurs Still Walk the Earth
How dispiriting to see Marxists work so hard to make their lifelong learning relevant in the post-Soviet, post-ChiCom, post-pretty-much-anything-but-Hugo-Chavez era. If you want to see smart people spin their wheels in the sands of time trying to say something applicable to the modern world, you should attend today’s lecture: Spiraling Out of Control: A Conversation on Capitalism’s Current Crisis:
I might just go, simply for nostalgia’s sake. As an undergraduate I took a course in Marxism with Marlene Fried, and since Russell Rickford left town, there has been nobody (at least publicly) who espouses that ol’ time religion.
Note to Nancy Fraser: the reason capitalists like me get to keep any surplus (minus total government taxes of about 66%: federal income tax, state corporate profits tax, city property tax, employee payroll tax) is that we are saddled with all of the losses, too, if a business fails. And some do, most assuredly.
If you can’t make Monday’s panel, have no fear, Fraser and Harvey put on exactly same event last November 17 at the CUNY Graduate Center:
Addendum: There is a fair bit of chatter among the faculty about Nancy Fraser’s year-long sinecure at the College. The Marxist warhorse has a reputation of being impossible to work with, and her year in Hanover as the Roth Family Distinguished Scholar seems to involve doing little more than pocketing cash and offering a couple of public lectures.
Addendum: At least locally, today’s crisis in capitalism is about trying to find people to fill all of the open jobs. At my local business (250 full- and part-time employees), we have a dozen vacant positions right now. Are you a personal trainer? Can you cut hair or do aesthetic treatments? Or push a mop? Call me.
Addendum: An alumnus writes in:
I would like to deliver a lecture on how well Marxism worked. It will be a five-part lecture. The sections are as follows:
1. How great was Marxism for those millions who died in “Dekulakization”!
2. How great was Marxism for the millions who died when Mao was rounding up their cooking pots to become slag in inferior steel mills!
3. How great was Marxism for the million + who died in Cambodian killing fields!
4. How great has Marxism been for the freedoms of religion, press, and speech!
5. And finally, great prospects for Venezuela’s poor through Marxism, a look at the current state of play!
August 14, 2013
Breaking: Of Crips and Bloods and Memories of Ghetto Parties
History repeats itself, first as tragedy and then as farce, or sometimes it just repeats itself. From the New York Times on November 30, 1998: At Dartmouth College, white students at a ”ghetto party” dressed…
June 25, 2013
Dean of the College Charlotte Johnson’s War on Students Part (2/2)
Part 1, Part 2 Today’s post again recounts the events that befell the Freshman. However, the content of the Hanover Police department report reproduced in this space yesterday is supplemented by information from my own…
October 18, 2009
When Love Beckoned in 52nd Street
We were at San Francisco’s BIX last evening, enjoying prosecco, cheese, and a bit of music. A full year of inhabitation in Northern California has unraveled to me no decent venue for proper lounging, but…
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…
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- 2007 Trustee Election
- Dartmouth Constitution
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