When Academics Fail Us

When Academics Fail Us

Here’s an article I just wrote for counterpunch.  The subject: what’s wrong with academics and their disengagement from political struggle–in light of a Stanley Fish editorial on Noam Chomsky. 


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  1. I shall now therefore humbly propose my own thoughts, which I hope will
    not be liable to the least objection.

    I have been assured by a very knowing American of my acquaintance in
    London, that a young healthy child well nursed, is, at a year old, a
    most delicious nourishing and wholesome food, whether stewed, roasted,
    baked, or boiled; and I make no doubt that it will equally serve in a
    fricasie, or a ragoust.
    Excerpt ( ” Jonathan Swift : A Modest Proposal ( 1729 ) ” )
    “I do therefore humbly offer it to publick consideration, that of the
    hundred and twenty thousand children, already computed, twenty thousand
    may be reserved for breed, whereof only one fourth part to be males;
    which is more than we allow to sheep, black cattle, or swine, and my
    reason is, that these children are seldom the fruits of marriage, a
    circumstance not much regarded by our savages, therefore, one male will
    be sufficient to serve four females. That the remaining hundred thousand
    may, at a year old, be offered in sale to the persons of quality and
    fortune, through the kingdom, always advising the mother to let them
    suck plentifully in the last month, so as to render them plump, and fat
    for a good table. A child will make two dishes at an entertainment for
    friends, and when the family dines alone, the fore or hind quarter will
    make a reasonable dish, and seasoned with a little pepper or salt, will
    be very good boiled on the fourth day, especially in winter.”

    “I have reckoned upon a medium, that a child just born will weigh 12
    pounds, and in a solar year, if tolerably nursed, encreaseth to 28

    “I grant this food will be somewhat dear, and therefore very proper for
    landlords, who, as they have already devoured most of the parents, seem
    to have the best title to the children.”

    • In talking about Jonathan Swift, Fish states, “The form Swift deploys is fairly simple. Put together two mildly affirmed assertions, the second of which reacts to the first in a way that is absurdly inadequate…” He might as well be talking about his take on Chomsky’s speech. Unfortunately Fish doesn’t seem to do satire.

    • Thanks. I don’t really think we have any real academics in America. I haven’t really run across any yet. I haven’t run across any in the papers, either, especially not Stanley Fish. So, here is my related, recent, similar topic. You’ll find it to be true, too, just on first perusal
      At this stage of the game it is embarrassing to all the MDs in America that they played no role in solving the 500 year old mystery of the Great Imitator. But it was all revealed in the late 1990s when the Lyme vaccine starting giving people the same, to use the crooks’ own language, “multi-system disease” as “Chronic Lyme,” or their own “New Great Imitator.”
      Plain old regular MDs and even MDs associated with research hospitals had no clue. They did not have the intelligence or the training, … yet we know they all have grandiosity issues. This grandiosity/arrogance issue is also the main problem with “journalists” failing to get the story straight.
      Arrogance, arrogance, arrogance. This is why Americans have to $py on everyone, too. $omebody $omewhere out$ide the U$A/UK might think up $omething that ha$ capital value and a$ a con$equence, $omeone in the U$A or with a U$ company might not then own the IP/copyright.


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