Professor Wolff on the Economics of Comradeship

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      Passionate Progressive
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      The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.....Martin Luther King '63

      It takes all the technical proficiency our system can provide to make up for the woeful lack of popular support and political savvy of most of the regimes that the West has thus far sought to prop up.........Bernard Fall

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      At least in the United States, that is absolutely true. The same can be said of political science and, to a lesser extent, history. The study of how these fields operate in this country is a study of increasingly shrinking Overton Windows.

      It is better to vote for what you want and not get it than to vote for what you don't want and get it.--Eugene Debs

      You can jail a revolutionary, but you can't jail the revolution.--Fred Hampton

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        In the early 2000 a group of political scientists got together to write essays and critique the field…Title of the book was ‘Perestroika’…..Back to political science – the field(s) of area studies have almost been eliminated…..which ends up with problems of how one can explain colonialism without area studies and the lens with which to express the views of Africans and Latin Americans….

        But in the larger context I think one could make an argument that academia (almost all if not all fields) has been corporatized….My fields were the humanities but I would bet that the hard sciences and especially medicine/dentistry have to be included in the cult…..It’s both the cult of jobs for profit and not for the greater good as well as the empire


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        But it’s also as Ray McGovern notes, supporting the empire……McGovern says it’s no longer the MIC (Military Industrial Complex) but MICIMATT (Military Industrial Congressional Media Academic Think Tank) Complex.

        The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.....Martin Luther King '63

        It takes all the technical proficiency our system can provide to make up for the woeful lack of popular support and political savvy of most of the regimes that the West has thus far sought to prop up.........Bernard Fall

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          The professor was a Syrian Christian from Homs, and he gave us all these different Arab perspectives on how politics should work, and on the history of the region. To protect himself from attacks from people like the Jewish Defense League, he even brought in the most militant Zionist professor in the college and an Israeli consul to speak to us.

          The results were very embarrassing… for the Israeli consul. He was asked questions like why the Israelis treat the Palestinians like South African whites do black people? Some of us got death threats or vandalized cars from the JDL in the subsequent weeks, because this class actually made the local news. That’s when Mossad opened their file on me, according to the CIA.

          I know they don’t have classes like that one anymore.

          It is better to vote for what you want and not get it than to vote for what you don't want and get it.--Eugene Debs

          You can jail a revolutionary, but you can't jail the revolution.--Fred Hampton

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      Comradship should be glaringly obvious for a species whose only tools for survival are a massive brain and a vastly complex social organization.

      The ‘opportunity cost’ of our transportation system is a fascinating concept, and pretty sad too, as it is almost irreversible now, given the investment in it, both psychologically and in terms of resources.

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