Category Archives: Movement

On teaching, and on how one is seen

I have become faculty advisor for the secular students’ alliance, an important organization because it creates a space in which secular students can be secular. It is not so easy here because they face ostracism from family and friends and some are not in a position to come out of the closet, so they need the group. I have decided supporting them is an important teaching activity.

I was chosen mostly because it was considered I was one of the few faculty members daring enough to be out to the university as a secularist. I was also informed that I have strong opinions and am able and also willing to defend them in an articulate manner; and that I see through manipulations and lies, and call people on these fearlessly.

I thought it was all quite interesting since on this weblog I present myself as one who does not stand up for themself and who fears speaking up. (The students do not know, of course, that after I make my brilliant public speeches I have private crises — but still.) All of this was very instructive, as was another research related love note I received today.

I do note, nonetheless, that in much of academia, what one must actually do is hide one’s views. Practicing this most of the time — despite the days on which I make my impassioned speeches — is detrimental to research and writing, I find. I have been told that one should channel all one’s actual views into what one publishes, and hide these otherwise, and I think many people are trained to compartmentalize things in this fashion, but I am not.

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Katrina 9

Incredibly, Friday is the ninth anniversary of the storm. Rising Tide, the bloggers’ conference that grew out of this, is on September 13 this year, which means I may be able to go. Will you be there too? I have to be back in Maringouin by evening, because I like Maringouin now and have something to do here, but I might go down the day before.

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We’re going to let it shine

“I’m so glad I’m fighting for my rights, singing glory Hallelujah, I’m so glad.”

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Lacan, Žižek

Jacques Lacan proposed as the axiom of the ethics of psychoanalysis: “Do not compromise your desire.”  I am using this quotation for other purposes but you should follow the link and read the article, which has turned me into a Žižekite.

It now being the 17th, I am six months un-depressed and I think I will celebrate the next phase by acting on this; I may be un-depressed but I have not shed all depressed habits and it is time for it.

In Reeducation all bad things were things you had caused or imagined, and you had to learn to limit yourself so that they would not keep happening. But I think bad things are things to fight, and that you have to strengthen yourself for this.

AND NOTE: THIS IS THE EIGHTH ANNIVERSARY OF MY WEBLOG! And it changed my life.

#OccupyHE.

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Sobre Chile

…the atavistic Catholic-fascist ideas underpinning the Pinochet dictatorship, in conjunction with the forces of US neoliberalism, produced the norms that govern the world today.

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On “policing the norms of academia”

At last I understand academic advice: it is not advice at all, it is a speech act undertaken to police the norms of academia. This phrase was invented by one of my reader-friends, who noticed that the Tenured Radical was upset today with Sarah Kendzior for speaking clearly, and not in the terribly indirect way that is the academic custom.

A Friend of the Radical had rushed in to explain how things work, how one works, how to publish, and things like that. If one were not repeating the basic instructions, as Kendzior was not (she was talking about something else), it meant one did not understand the basic instructions. Only repetition of the basic instructions was relevant.

Academic advice is that kind of power move.

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Winter Storm Leon

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This is alleged to be a picture rejected by Fox News, showing Louisiana National Guardsmen spreading salt on the roads by hand, due to the state’s lack of general preparedness and also funding.

A friend wrote:

Nobody says this in the reports I have seen so far, but it is blatantly obvious to me that the disaster that a 2-inch snow storm creates in the Southern states is not a matter of people being “wimps” like some idiots have said. It is the result of cities and states, with radical tax cutting governors, who have abdicated from their responsibility of taking care of the infrastructure and of responding adequately to a situation like this. No wonder we talk about places like Louisiana, where Bobby Jindal has assaulted public services, or Alabama, one of the most conservative states in the country. I can imagine how many cities and states could have decided that investing in more plows, or buying more salt for the roads, or strengthening the first response systems was less important than cutting taxes to the rich and destroying the labor rights of public employees. And this is the price you pay. My solidarity is with my friends who live in the South and are dealing with this mess, in the hopes that in the future that nonsense gets reversed and our cities and states can get what the cities and states of the wealthiest country in the world should have.

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