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Will the Plebs have any awareness?

My listserv this morning reports that Middlesex U. in the UK is shuttering a very well-regarded Philosophy program, putting noted humanists and critics out of work. Will the Plebs receive an education that produces anything like critical analysis?

by Upstate NY on Thu Apr 29th, 2010 at 09:18:57 AM EST
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i hear ya...

my hope is in the new medium of the internet providing self-educational possibilities galore.

reality alone will do it eventually, if history is guide.

'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty

by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Thu Apr 29th, 2010 at 09:24:11 AM EST
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I don't think new media can do it.

But I'm an academic.

I once asked my teacher of Postmodern thought how the hell any of it occurred to anyone.

He said, none of it occurred to anyone. This development is a gradual one and has taken about 3,000 years.

I realize that this makes academics a self-perpetuating entity in a closed circuit, but I was outside that circuit at one point, and was sucked in by the in-ness.

Good luck, everyone. Signing off, the human race.

by Upstate NY on Thu Apr 29th, 2010 at 09:33:12 AM EST
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The destructive, self-serving nature of an inequitable system will very rarely occur to a beneficiary of that system. But, as the system proceeds, there are fewer and fewer beneficiaries and more and more victims. The question becomes one of whether they will see and reject the inequitable system or be mis-directed off against an identifiable sub-set of victims that is conveniently suitable for demonization in the interests of the benefactors of the system.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Thu Apr 29th, 2010 at 10:56:00 AM EST
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How many goons with Gatling guns can you hire to guard your mansion?
by Upstate NY on Thu Apr 29th, 2010 at 11:00:28 AM EST
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And how long before they turn on you? Lloyd Blankfein does not come across as a very credible employer of physical violence.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Thu Apr 29th, 2010 at 11:11:10 AM EST
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by Upstate NY on Thu Apr 29th, 2010 at 09:39:34 AM EST
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Go and sign!

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Thu Apr 29th, 2010 at 09:58:58 AM EST
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