Enforcement & Compliance

The hard right has a seamless system in place for enforcing compliance. Are you a working class family that dares speak out about the lack of health insurance? You will be slimed & harassed. Are you an Iraq veteran who dares disagree with the War Party? You will be called a "phony soldier" & compared to a suicide bomber. And lunatics chase you home & threaten to beat you up because you have a Kerry/Edwards bumpers sticker on your car from the last election. That is just this week. The reason the radical right cannot stand the academy is that the academy still manages to suggest, however meekly, that we think about the nature of authority & obedience. In response, a panoply of organizations relentlessly cage & frame the discussion of higher education.

Author: jd

Joseph Duemer is Professor of Literature Emeritus at Clarkson University in northern New York state. His most recent book of poems is Magical Thinking from Ohio State University Press. Since the mid-1990s he has spent a good deal of time in Vietnam, mostly Hanoi. He lives with his wife Carole & five terriers (four Jack Russells & one Patterdale) on the stony bank of the Raquette River in South Colton.

2 thoughts on “Enforcement & Compliance”


    A small boy with a book
    entitled ‘I And Its Derivatives’
    resting near dripping water
    it could have been a solution

    whether through remembering
    or forgetting we do the truth
    as enduring injustice

    but which of us feels free
    enough to be harvested
    muscled out of his own willfulness
    by the pink way it all comes on

    double-wrapped and gauzy
    slipping it to the body of the world
    with our child’s rendition of a soul?

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