We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
A quote from a Duke prof about what he learned from the so-called rape case (from an excellent summary piece at Durham in Wonderland):
America, and the world, is sick with white supremacy and racism; heterosexism and homophobia; patriarchy, sexism, and transphobia; and poverty and capitalist excess. These systems all interact to create a culture of violence that must be changed. We teach our children the lessons of these systems, and they grow up to reinforce them. We must dismantle these systems if we hope to end the onslaught of violence . . . Survivors will create the path forward. In resisting violence, homophobia, transphobia, racism, sexism, and capitalism, survivors of oppression generate the vision for the rest of us to follow.
What I learned is that there are more psychotic, deluded, ignorant, propaganda-ist, hateful, arrogant, and embittered paranoid-psychotic folks teaching at our expensive universities than I had ever imagined. I always thought that colleges, these days, were evolving into kindergartens, but I did not realize that they were voluntary asylums where wackos have their delusions reinforced by an equally insane community, and get paid for it (probably to keep them off the streets).
Thanks, Duke, for clearing that issue up for me. Now, o wise prof, explain to me what "transphobia" is? Fear of trains and planes, or what?
Transphobia- fear of transnationals, of cross-dressing tranzies and of transnational cross-dressing tranzies. IOW, it is an inordinate fear of UN delegates at Mardi Gras.
Anyway, guys, be happy and complimented. In the 90s white males started to become superfluous, like background noise and a little annoying. Now you're back to being the smart people's Public Enemy No. 1. Gotta be doing something right.
I like the Trans-Ams def, because (and am ashamed to admit it) as a teen (and now) I really didn't like those cars and was afraid a date would one day show up in one. How shallow is that? Pathetic.
After playing lacrosse at Stanford, my sis started up a girls' lacrosse team at our old school and won a city championship. Angry, mostly white, spoiled, and violently competitive adolescent females they probably were. The worst! Would the Duke profs go after their kind, or are all females other than the Bush twins exempt from leftist suspicion and condemnation?
Well, the cause for Tenure is solid enough. I guess we just have to live with the effects. And, too, maybe our cadre of cosseted communists actually does some good, as visible exemplars of ivory-tower nutjobism.
As a soon-to-be tenured prof, I can report from the loony bin that those of whom you speak see absolutely no inconsistancy in bringing in larges salaries, driving nice cars, eating fine food, living in large houses with hardwood floors and antiques everywhere and militating for an end to capitalsm. The practice is know as "working for social justice" and is very special because, as intellectuals and advocates, they will be spared the redistrubution hit.