[lbo-talk] dox and nonviolence

Chuck Grimes c123grimes at att.net
Sun Nov 13 18:14:13 PST 2011

The “inactive-active opposition,” they argue, “structured the emotional and intellectual response of whites to photographs of dogs and fire hoses” ( Seeing Through Race: A Reinterpretation of Civil Rights Photography [Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press, 2011, p. 119]) and so regulated both their empathy and their understanding of protest. It is this very opposition that Birgeneau complacently repeats, at once narrowing the possibilities for activism and obscuring the complexity of the history he thinks he honors."


Nice take down. Birgeneau is the latest incarnation of the slime who run the UC system. They argue they have to raise tuition to cover costs, but the truth is they could transfer construction project funds and scale way back on those developments. The real issue is they can make money on housing research labs and institutes, where they charge upwards of 30 percent `overhead' fees. Meanwhile it costs money to teach students. It's related to the financialization of the economy, where money games are more profitable than producing anything.


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