[lbo-talk] posh as fuck

Michael Smith mjs at smithbowen.net
Mon Dec 5 12:39:02 PST 2011

On Mon, 5 Dec 2011 13:00:23 -0500 Alan Rudy <alan.rudy at gmail.com> wrote:

> You have totally convinced me that most all of what I do - along with most
> all that the others I know and respect in colleges and universities across
> the country do - is worthy only of disrespect

Personalizing this stuff is childish. There are lots of good well-meaning people, including yourself I'm sure, in the Unis. My criticism is directed to the actual institutions and their actual social function, not the personnel, who in my experience run the gamut from sadistic Gradgrinds up and out to people so in love with the poetry of Philip Sidney that you can't help loving them too.

> contains no imminent
> potential, serves no reasonable purpose beyond furthering oppression and
> should be eliminated in favor of efforts within all the other institutions
> and groups you named - the ones specifically designed to solve and actively
> involved in solving the problems you so clearly laid out.

This is another variant of the mother-in-law argument: So what's YOUR master plan, Mister Wise Guy?

Master plans are very easy to draw up, but they're also a waste of time. Cookshops of the future, etc.

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