Thursday, November 10, 2011

Roy Casagranda teach-in

Occupy Austin teach-in on Monday, Oct. 31 featured Roy Casagranda, Political Science Professor, Austin Community College, on "Major Changes Are Necessary"

Produced for Austin Indymedia by Jeff Zavala

via zgraphix

and But I did everything right, "Law School's a Complete Waste of Time and Money"

Ok, this is pretty long, relative to our being accustomed to video clips embedded at blogs being 5 to 10 minutes tops, but when you can I encourage you to watch the whole thing. (His characterization of American liberalism is particularly interesting. Also, I think he's right that FDR was trying to save capitalism, and about why Warren Buffet wants his taxes to go up.)

I do have one minor quibble: Casagranda suggests it was the same group of people he characterizes as left-wing Christian activists in the '50s and early '60s who subsequently morphed into folks like the Moral Majority, et al, in the '80s, and I don't think that's correct. Even in the earlier era we had various right-wing social conservatives, although there's no question that the political impact of the Christian right is much stronger today. But as I said it's a minor point, and you should definitely watch this.

see also

Constitutional Daily, Cruel and Unusual Soy Beans

John Caruso, "Israel's Other Airline"

No Caption Needed, "Seeing Beyond American Exceptionalism"

Cüneyt, "Ethos"


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At November 11, 2011 8:58 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ain't a doubt in my mind that the New Deal was saving capitalism by eliminating the civil unrest caused by capitalism's workings.

FDR painted capitalism in a new light -- the neoliberal light, the light that says Government Spending Helps Keep You Free...

(...while allowing FDR's pals to get richer still, at the same time pacifying the disgruntledness)

At November 11, 2011 9:29 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just been watching the video...

Feudal lords as heroes? As the true aristos? Excellence personified?

Aaaaahhhh, must be fun for him to be a Dungeons & Dragons fan, to spend his days pining for feudalism.

Reminds me of Slacker, it does. I'm hoping he suggests we need to go back to chainmail armor, heavy swords-maces-warhammers-cudgels, castles-and-moats, and ...princesses in towers who need rescue.

At November 11, 2011 9:15 PM, Blogger Jonathan Versen said...

He talks about many other things besides feudalism, and I don't think he regards the feudal model as an ideal any more, I dare say, than you think he does.

At November 15, 2011 11:46 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I only listened to about 12-15 mins worth so I didn't hear where he went but that was an interesting take on the feudal lords, one that would have benefited from some wry chuckling after declaring them true aristos.

At November 15, 2011 11:06 PM, Blogger Jonathan Versen said...

Hi KFO. FWIW, it's worth watching the whole thing(IMHO...)


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