We live in a country where some people cannot afford to heat their houses in the winter and where others make 20 million a year and say in public that they are not concerned about the poor.
My colleague Stephen Casper sent this around via departmental email a couple of days ago & it seems prescient, which makes me feel old. I told Stephen when I saw him in the mail room that I’m glad I’m not, like him, just starting my academic career — because the old model of the university that’s being unbundled suited me fine. And maybe I would be more hopeful about these developments if they were not in so many cases driven by market forces unmoored from and value but that of the bottom line. Read Stephen’s blog, The Neuro Times.
Sheldon Adelson, a Billionaire, Gives Gingrich a Big Lift – NYTimes.com. Welcome to the New America and checkbook democracy. And, yes, it would still be fucked-up even if it was a rich liberal giving cash to a Democrat.
. . . class warfare with the stentorian pages of the New York Times editorial pages. This morning Brooks & Cohen are extolling the virtues of British Tory austerity. Since Paul Ryan turned out to be not quite so serious-minded & mature as Brooks thought a couple of weeks ago, it now looks as if the American working classes are supposed to accept the gutting of “entitlements” because it is so very British. Stiff upper lip & all that.
Here is the story from Reuters. For Whitman there was little distinction between poetry & politics.
It’s not the cowboys they object to, but the poetry. Poetry is never anything but a joke in American culture, especially (but not exclusively) on the right.
Afterthought: One thing about poetry being despised & abject in the US — it confers freedom.