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I don't even pretend to understand the set of degrees under the Bologna system.  Serious headache to be had there.  

I found the university administration in Spain to be thoroughly opaque, and eventually just gave in and took the classes that looked interesting. I think that was a good decision.

I do think that it's interesting that this site draws a crowd that's far more "educated" in terms of degrees than is true in the wider world.

The important point here being, that I think that ET has the potential to become something of an online journal of the Left that has largely been abandoned by the "Godfathers" at the big orange place.  It's that old strategy versus tactics problem.  ET seems to be a safe harbor for people who are interested in strategy.

I've been on this punctuated equilibrium kick over the last few months.

People loathe uncertainity, and even when unable to make precise predictions, they want to be able to have calculate odds.  And that's why idea systems like neo-liberalism persist far past their expiration date. THe alternative is a terrifying state of affairs where risk is uncalculable.  So we cling to the chimera of certainty.

And as we've discussed several times, dark sprits like the BNP wait for the darkness of uncertainty to fall upon us, and offer security, at a cost.

And for those of us who recognize that the current set of idea has failed, we have to present some platform to provide certainty when the fall comes.  Maybe a bit grandiose, but that's why I think that ET and places like it are important.  

And I'll give my consent to any government that does not deny a man a living wage-Billy Bragg

by ManfromMiddletown (manfrommiddletown at lycos dot com) on Mon Jul 30th, 2007 at 02:11:12 PM EST
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