Thursday, December 18, 2008

To the Students, Faculty, Staff and Supporters occupying 65 Fifth Ave.

December 18, 2008
Thursday evening, 7:42 p.m.

To the Students, Faculty, Staff and Supporters occupying 65 Fifth Ave.

I write to you this evening in support and gratitude. Support for your actions on behalf of the New School and in solidarity with those who struggle, and gratitude that you have renewed the meaning of the New School against those who would deny it.

Too often, in our world, we are told that politics is dead, that resistance is useless, and that public action is nothing more than an exercise in nostalgia. We are told that we live in a post-political world, where we must compromise with those who would oppress us and must subordinate ourselves to those who would manage our lives for us.

These past few days you have shown, as others in Europe, in Latin America, in Asia and Africa seek to show, that politics is not dead, that resistance is not useless, and that public action is precisely what our world requires and demands. To the forces of hierarchy and autocracy you have responded with democracy and collective action. To the forces of corporatization you have responded with community. To the forces of conformism you have responded with a critical solidarity that would make the founders of this great school proud.

As you sustain yourselves through this period, know that many of us are with you. Many of us endure the corporatization of university life, and we are with you. Many of us feel the sting of politicians who deny our voices in the name of efficiency and vocational training, and we are with you. Many of us recognize the isolation into which those in power would cast us, and we are with you.

You have nourished us with hope and for that we thank you.

In solidarity,

Todd May
Professor of Philosophy
Clemson University

6 comments:

  1. Dear Todd May,

    This kind of mindless bloviation is the reason you're teaching at Clemson University.

    These penny-ante assholes are giving NYC a bad rep, and they don't need your encouragement.

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  3. Polytope, YOU give NYC a bad rep...

    They've done more in a day than your half witted sarcasm has done all year.

    If you're not going to engage with the issues, then lets make it personal shall we?

    Tell me 'polytope', Did you get boring overnight, or did you spend days and nights consistently working at becoming embittered and narrow minded?

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  4. I really support what you guys are doing. As a New School graduate, I was appalled when Kerry was appointed. I am proud of you all and happy to be reminded that the true spirit of the New School lives on...
    Keep it up,
    With lots of support from Copenhagen, Denmark,
    lab

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