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August 16, 2017

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Karen M

“People need to tell their bosses, ‘Fuck you.’”

The less time minority kids spend near Dr Strouse the better their prospects will be.

David

The less time minority kids spend near Dr Strouse the better their prospects will be.

Oh absolutely. But note the parasitic dynamic – one we’ve seen before, many times. Who benefits from all this modish “social justice” posturing? The professor may gain some in-group kudos, at least among idiots; but what of the teenagers who take his advice and then collide with the real world? Brown-skinned students are basically just props in some narcissistic drama, and their practical life-chances are to be sacrificed.

For “social justice.”

Burnsie

"they hate when bossy teachers tell them how to talk, especially in cases in which bourgeois white teachers dictate ex cathedra about what speech is ‘correct’”

...says the bourgeois white teacher dictating ex cathedra about what speech is correct.

Self-awareness isn't much of a liberal trait, is it?

Xas7wcrg9e
"The workplace has way too much power and should not be allowed to determine something as fundamental as how we speak,”

One postulates how this wondrous revelation should be applied to other spheres of interaction; say when at university and the Snowflake next to you insists on being addressed with zir's pronouns-de-jour..

Or doesn't it work like that. Enquiring minds etc.

R. Sherman

Professor Strouse's view is extraordinarily parochial, inasmuch as he seems to presuppose that all linguistic conventions have some sort of racial component. Is he not aware that every language has a "standard variant" which is necessary to facilitate communication among various groups, which after all is the purpose of language to begin with? Further, a white kid from way back in a Kentucky 'holler' will experience the same linguistic prejudices as an inner city black kid, if he tries to import his speech patterns to an academic setting or a Fortune 500 boardroom.

Y. Knott

“People need to tell their bosses, ‘Fuck you.’”

- Wonder if he's tried it on his boss? As he's still employed, I'll hazard the guess "no".

Lancastrian Oik

Cultural Marxism, Gramsciism, or whatever, exhibits the same failings as actual Marxism.

Neither depicts humanity accurately and neither posits a viable future. Capitalism will not fail and the state will not wither away. Trash-talking illiterates will never be competitive in the jobs market, save for the most menial tasks. Rouse and his ilk can blether away all they like, it just isn't going to happen.

Rafi

Why do San Pellegrino cans come covered in a thin film of aluminium? This superfluous skin is, for me, a preputial stylization. It is the redundant foreskin that ornaments the phallus.

I think he's oversharing.

NielsR

"Affirming students’ use of non-standard English is important,"

So can we call people of colour niggers again? Asking for a friend.

Joan

It also, apparently, “demonstrates that, within the school of preputial poetics, the male anatomy queerly embodies the plasticity and multiplicity of rhetoric.”

*snort*

sk60

I think Dr Strouse needs to get laid.

David

I think Dr Strouse needs to get laid.

It does seem a tad... over-revved.

TDK

San Pellegrino is made (bottled?) in Italy within a European market consisting of a mixture of Catholics and Protestants (plus minorities). This market is larger than the US.

It's notable that Protestants in Europe are rarely circumcised (unlike Americans).

By making the glib assumption that the appeal of San Pellegrino cans lies in the desired to be uncircumcised, he is forgetting the rest of the Protestant world and every other consumer in ROW. In other words our professor is suffering from the delusion that his America is the centre of the universe. God alone knows how he explains why women drink it.

It's quite sobering to realise how often progressives resort to thinking, that boils down to "it's all about me"

MarinaZ

Strouse seem to be in the market for something.
https://www.amazon.com/My-Gay-Middle-Ages-Strouse/dp/0615830005

Geezer

Wouldn't it be nifty if Clarence Thomas wrote his opinions in Gullah?

Sean

When I read your posts on academia I never know whether to laugh or despair for the future.

Anyway, I've rattled your tip jar.

Burnsie

I did a google search to see this canned water that comes with a foreskin. It's actually a very thoughtful foil lid that keeps the drinking surface free of grime before you drink it.

As a symbolic foreskin, it's no banana peel. But I suppose that dissertation has been done already.

David

Anyway, I’ve rattled your tip jar.

Why, thank you. Much appreciated.

Daniel Ream

About the Author
At eight years old, A.W. Strouse was so titillated by the Old Testament that he built a sacrificial altar on his parents’ front lawn. He prayed that God would fill him with the Word, but no divine inspiration was forthcoming. Instead, Strouse’s earthly father spanked him heartily for having killed the grass. Ever since, Strouse has been attempting to create a kind of faggy, Christian mysticism through his practice as a poet and through his work as a literary scholar.

It is always daddy issues with these people.

GC

he believes it’s important to embrace and support alternative types of English,

As an employer, I’m not going to go for that, thanks. And any job application with bad spelling goes in the trash.

David

Wouldn’t it be nifty if Clarence Thomas wrote his opinions in Gullah?

And Thomas Sowell should have spiced his many volumes with random fits of vagueness and urban patois, just to show Dr Strouse how incredibly, authentically black he is.

Farnsworth M Muldoon

Somewhat related, brother of the NY Governor who happens to be a CNN talking head, compares the antifa trash to the men who invaded Normandy.

Words fail me.

Jonathan

Air Traffic Controllers should definitely be encouraged to use Ebonics.

JuliaM

I can't wait to use the line 'Excuse me. I speak Jive...' on someone if this takes off!

billdehaan

People need to tell their bosses, ‘Fuck you.’

A heavily-tatted child of an acquaintance was recently arguing with his parents about the fact that his Maori-level "body art" was impeding his job search.

"Dad, my boss will just have to get over it", said child explained to his father.

Father calmly pointed out that said boss remains theoretical, and is likely to for quite some time, a cause/effect relationship that appears to have eluded his offspring entirely.

JuliaM

*puts can of San Pellegrino Blood Orange back in the fridge*

Ew!

David

a cause/effect relationship that appears to have eluded his offspring entirely.

See also this.

svh

Correcting errors of spelling and basic grammar can, we’re told, “make students feel bewildered, hurt, or angry.”

Learning differential calculations was hard too. I made embarrassing mistakes.

Then I got over myself.

David

Then I got over myself.

That does seem to be the tricky part for many people, including the phallically fixated Dr Strouse.

prm

Jesus, I'd (thankfully) forgotten about Minnow. the troll's troll. A lot was learned from him, especially the sort of slippery, bad faith, psuedo-rational, question begging mentality you relentless chronicle in your posts, David.

Monty James

A.W. Strouse, PhD:

Monty James

Darn it, forgot the link:

A W Strouse

He looks exactly as I imagined him.

R. Sherman

In the comments to David's "Repent" link, we find "Steve2: Steveageddon" with this observation directed at Minnow:

Minnow - "Interviewers tend to be looking for people as much as possible like themselves."

Not true.

I am not a busty blonde, for example.

Posted by: Steve 2: Steveageddon | October 20, 2014 at 15:28

David

Steve 2: Steveageddon

We haven’t heard from His Steveness in a while.

Spiny Norman

On the breaking Social Justice News front, Occupy/Resistance is planning nation-wide riots on November 4th, and claim they will continue rioting until the "fascist Trump/Pence regime" is brought down. In exactly the same manner that capitalism was brought down by Occupy Wall Street, I would presume.

They are planning some sort of regional "organizing committee" meetings on August 19, which will undoubtedly devolve into farce.

Spiny Norman

We haven’t heard from His Steveness in a while.

A damn shame, too. I wonder why.

I have seen "Steve" comments at other blogs, usually sites you've linked to, so he's still out there.

Alex deWinter
“People need to tell their bosses, ‘Fuck you.’”

One wonders if he would hold the same view were 'bosses' to be replaced in the above by 'professors.'

David

Dr Strouse’s attitude reminds me of just how often lefties give truly terrible advice to the people they supposedly care about.

JS

It's notable how many of the people advocating that people shouldn't have to learn to use standard English invariably seem to have attained their well-paid and often enviable positions in life mainly through the use of... standard English. A prime British example is former Children's Laureate and prolific wordsmith Michael Rosen.

I certainly hope that no prospective air traffic controllers, surgeons or nuclear reactor technicians are taking the advice of these clowns.

David

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aelfheld

[...] the school of preputial poetics [...]

The decline of poetry explained.

David

Right, hammock time. Play nicely. Use coasters.

Monty James

Okay...he's gone.

Jim Whyte

Let's head over to Kickstarter. What Prof. Strouse really needs is a sabbatical at a Nordic research institute; 'twill give him quite a frisson, n'est-ce pas?

http://ki.se/forskning
http://www.gu.se/forskning/var-forskning
http://forskning.ku.dk
http://forskning.no

Hippogryph

"Further, a white kid from way back in a Kentucky 'holler' will experience the same linguistic prejudices as an inner city black kid, if he tries to import his speech patterns to an academic setting or a Fortune 500 boardroom."

Well, I'm an Ivy Leaguer attorney out of rural Eastern Kentucky. I have to explain to my big city friends what a "holler" is, when speaking of home. Yet somehow I do not resent that I should use good grammar and appropriate vocabulary in my profession.

More than that: words (and more truly, the concepts standing beneath them) are the working fluid of human consciousness. If you want to have a strong mind, understand words and be able to use them properly.

Prof. Strouse is harming more than just job prospects.

R. Sherman

@Hippo

My family is from the Ozarks and my dad was an aerospace engineer. (Graduate work @ M.I.T.) He always told me to speak and write correctly, because otherwise, people would think you're stupid and you don't want to give someone a reason to dismiss you out of hand. That said, he was careful to revert to his Ozark roots among family without a problem.

Trevor

Then I got over myself.

An development I do not anticipate in Dr Strouse's case, given that he seems to find himself endlessly fascinating.

Black Ball

Somewhat related, you Brits have caused some consternation regarding the First Fleet arriving here. Note the council are made up of 4 Greens members, 3 Labor members and 2 independents if my mail is correct.

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/victoria/city-of-yarra-votes-to-scrap-australia-day/news-story/e0487cf8964d2efc6605da04c40899d2

jabrwok

Okay...he's gone.

For some reason I'm reminded of this Eddie Murphy documentary.

bobby b

Should I ever need to hire someone to communicate only with Strouse's ex-students, I will eagerly hire one of Strouse's ex-students.

So they've got that going for themselves.

David

Wouldn’t it be nifty if Clarence Thomas wrote his opinions in Gullah?

Inevitably, Dr Strouse tells us what it is we need to do. We, he says, “need to think critically about the conventions that govern academic speech.” Well, okay. But what about the teenagers who haven’t mastered even basic standard English and who are excused from even trying, for fear that any correction will upset them? How “critically” will they be thinking – say, about their employment prospects? While Dr Strouse is revelling in how exotic and ethnic his classroom sounds, and how incredibly “woke” he’s being, are his students, and others like them, narrowing their options in the job market? Unless it turns out that in the real world every employer wants their company’s memos and public literature, and their customer interactions, to include lots of double negatives, unfinished words, mispronunciation, mangled tenses, and dropped auxiliaries.

Oh, and aks instead of ask. That always looks professional.

Clam

Evidently, all this woke posturing requires sacrifice. Specifically, spending money on an education that leaves its supposed beneficiaries sounding uneducated.

So. Much. That.

David

So. Much. That.

Well, if a common impression given by “African American Vernacular English” is of imprecision and parochialism, and of someone not in full possession of their own thoughts, as Dr Strouse acknowledges, then it seems an odd thing to encourage in class, at a university. Why would someone spend a small fortune on an education that leaves them sounding uneducated? (An impression, incidentally, that Dr Strouse evidently tries hard to avoid regarding his own ostentatiously educated, and therefore statusful, self.)

But sounding cartoonishly ghetto is the way to get ahead, apparently. For other, browner people.

Theophrastus

Brown-skinned students are basically just props in some narcissistic drama, and their practical life-chances are to be sacrificed.

For “social justice.”

It's more sinister than that, I suspect. These students are being sacrificed not only on the altar of political correctness but also on tbe altar of revolutionary potential. The aim is to create an unemployable, unstable, entitled and angry underclass that will help the left to drag down capitalism and western civilisation.

The purpose of language is communication. Communication requires clarity, and clarity is achieved by following the established conventions of grammar and spelling. Dr Strouse surely knows that, yet cynically promotes Babel - for the Revolution, Comrades!

Hal

. . . Ever since, Strouse has been attempting to create a kind of faggy, Christian mysticism . . .

Something which has quite already been done by others, and possibly earlier, Next suggestion?

Since 1979, the Sisters Of Perpetual Indulgence have been doing a high volume of community charity work, on a world-wide scale---including London, Manchester, Sussex, and Edinburgh---Where yes, there are the occasional questions of Um, are these real nuns??!?!?

The observation is made that;
More regular nuns go out among the public and do community support.
The Sisters go out among the public and do community support.
More regular nuns do charitable works and fundraising.
The Sisters do charitable works and fundraising.
More regular nuns take vows of chastity and obedience.
The Sisters do charitable works and fundraising.

And when needed, the Sisters are always happy to give a blessing;
In the name of the father,
---Daddy!!!
In the name of the son,
---Daddy's Boy!
and in the name of the holy spirit of Harvey Milk, go forth and sin some more, Amen, Awomen, and Alll the rest . . .

R. Sherman

The aim is to create an unemployable, unstable, entitled and angry underclass that will help the left to drag down capitalism and western civilisation.

Bingo.

As for Dr. Strouse's thesis, my wife grew up speaking a rustic form of lower Bavarian, which bears only a passing acquaintance with standard German. Beginning in kindergarten, she was instructed in "High German" and continually corrected until perfection in the country's lingua franca was second nature, though she still uses her mother dialect among family. Even as a little kid, she was constantly informed that mastery of standard German was necessary to be a productive, successful German citizen. As you might imagine, she finds Dr. Strouse to be an idiot of the first order.

Oh, and BTW, she has a Ph.D. in English and has volunteered her time to teach ESL to immigrants who would be sorely chapped if she failed to correct their pronunciation and grammar. They understand their success in the U.S. is predicated on being able to communicate effectively.

Tim Newman

It is the redundant foreskin that ornaments the phallus.

Redundant? I dunno, sounds like you need to be a complete prick to get a job in some places.

Tim Newman

Maori-level "body art"

Maori tattoos are awesome.

On a big fucking Maori.

Otherwise they are bloody awful.

Tim Newman

It's notable how many of the people advocating that people shouldn't have to learn to use standard English invariably seem to have attained their well-paid and often enviable positions in life mainly through the use of... standard English.

Such as The Times' Oliver Kamm.

Tim Newman

Oh, and aks instead of ask.

Heh. My Nigerian colleagues used to say that.

Theophrastus

Thank you, Mr R Sherman,for your endorsement of my opinion that:

The aim is to create an unemployable, unstable, entitled and angry underclass that will help the left to drag down capitalism and western civilisation.

From here - in East Anglia, not far from the home of John Winthrop (Groton), first governor of Massachusetts, I send you greetings!

Trevor

Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence

Clearly a heretical order. Thankfully here in the UK we have the real thing.

Governor Squid

Is there any chance we could invite Dr. Strouse to a production of My Fair Lady, so that he might experience an epiphany that this language thing has nothing to do with skin tone and is hardly a new phenomenon? It's musical theater, and a lead character calls himself "professor" in it, so one hopes the setting would not be too alarming for the good professor.

Of course, should he fail to be sufficiently enthusiastic, I'm not opposed to letting him watch it Clockwork Orange style.

Trevor

They understand their success in the U.S. is predicated on being able to communicate effectively.

Here in the UK one of the joys to be encountered on television is an ad campaign by one of the major retail banks proud of the potential profits they spend on socially worthwhile projects. The ads feature recent graduates of the British education system, apparent native English-speakers, talking of their acquisition (thanks to the bank) of something called 'Lahf Skills' which as far as I can gather is the arcane knowledge, hitherto denied to 'urban' youth and evidently beyond their capacity to imagine, that in order to obtain employment under a white supremacist patriarchy it is necessary first to apply for a job and then at interview try not to suck one's teeth too aggressively. Or something.

Dr Strouse would be thrilled.

David

and then at interview try not to suck one’s teeth too aggressively.

Heh. I’ve only ever seen them with the TV muted. Though I still got enough of it to wonder, “Don’t these teenagers have parents?”

Trevor

“Don’t these teenagers have parents?”

Or teachers? Or common sense? Or any faculties that would enable them to work out how the world works?

Min

Dr Strouse is - in his mind, at least - “dismantling linguistic racism.”

They're really reaching for excuses to call people racist.

Hal

Clearly a heretical order. Thankfully here in the UK we have the real thing.

Oh, my, that is good.

See also, and then later.

Darleen

When asked why he believes it’s important to embrace and support alternative types of English, especially those that are typically frowned upon in the workplace, Strouse said employers shouldn’t dictate how their employees speak. “The workplace has way too much power and should not be allowed to determine something as fundamental as how we speak,” he declared. “People need to tell their bosses, ‘Fuck you.’”

"Moving parts in rubbing contact require lubrication to avoid excessive wear. Honorifics and formal politeness provide lubrication where people rub together. Often the very young, the untravelled, the naive, the unsophisticated deplore these formalities as "empty," "meaningless," or "dishonest," and scorn to use them. No matter how "pure" their motives, they thereby throw sand into machinery that does not work too well at best." ~~Robert Heinlein

Sporkatus

Or teachers? Or common sense? Or any faculties that would enable them to work out how the world works?

Judging by the public-place-and-cop-car-shitting of Occupy, et al, even toilet training might be asking too much these days.

Darleen

“People need to tell their bosses, ‘Fuck you.’”

BTW - insubordination comes in many forms ... IOW "fuck you" without even using those words will result in discipline.

A manager who doesn't manage isn't doing the conscientious staff any favors.

Hal

Uni complications.

David

If Dr Strouse’s literature class included, say, an Italian or German student, a pale one, who spoke English as a second language, I wonder if he too would be spared any upsetting correction – for fear that it might result in bewilderment and rage. Would our enlightened educator allow the student to make obvious and repeated blunders, and as a result impede any refining of his skills? Or does the affirming and embracing of “linguistic diversity” depend in large part on the student’s melanin levels?

Theophrastus

Hal, dear boy,
I wear a velvet-collared coat, like the chap in the cartoon. I also wear a tie. Tradition is important.

R. Sherman

I wonder if he too would be spared any upsetting correction...

Well, I for one, made sure my wife got rid of the annoying habit of mispronouncing "schedule." Eventually, she got it. It became, "sKedule, because this is 'Merica, dammit."

Nov

It's worth noting, in response to Black Ball above, that the most significant High Court decision that was the genisis, so to speak, of Aboriginal land rights in Australia is predicated, in a more fundamental way than even the word "predicated" suggests, on their ruling that Australia was not invaded. Leftists see no issue with both leveling terms of abuse (i.e. "invaders") AND raking in money based on a decision that entirely contradicts their abuse. And so it goes.

Pogonip

Hi R Sherman

Does Mrs. Sherman have a copy of British English From A to Zed? It gives all the American equivalents.

Vince N

The aim is to create an unemployable, unstable, entitled and angry underclass that will help the left to drag down capitalism and western civilisation.

Exactly, the Marcuse "political correctness" strategy. It's all about pandering to these underclasses while planning to rule them and everyone else.

What else do you think the $15 minimum wage campaign is for?

What really keeps wages down is taxation that eats into profits.

Hal

What really keeps wages down is taxation that eats into profits.

Wages don't eat into profits?

Monty James

“People need to tell their bosses, ‘Fuck you.’” A. W. Strouse, PhD

Not everyone has tenure, you homosexual.

Wh00ps

Wages don't eat into profits?

No, wages are what you spend in order to make profits.

Hal

No, wages are what you spend in order to make profits.

Then you can't have any complaints about an across the board, mandated for all businesses, declared minimum wage . . . . unless you want to acknowledge that yes, wages, and taxes as well, both take away from the profits . . . .

Stevie of Sweden

Went through the good Doctor's CV (you're welcome) and found the following:

"Ph.D., English, CUNY Graduate Center, 2017
Dissertation: 'Literary Theories of the Foreskin'"

"Peer-Reviewed Articles
'Macrobius’s Foreskin'
'Getting Medieval on Graduate Education: Queering Academic Professionalization'
'Misogynists as Queers in Le Livre de la Cité des Dames'"

Among plenty of other "peer-reviewed" masterpieces.

Special thanks to Marcuse, Adorno, Benjamin, etc. without whom there would be no Dr A W Strouse.

David

Among plenty of other “peer-reviewed” masterpieces.

What’s remarkable, I think, is the extent to which academia’s Clown Quarter is populated by supposed adults who seem emotionally and psychologically arrested somewhere in adolescence.

WTP

Then you can't have any complaints about an across the board, mandated for all businesses, declared minimum wage . . . . unless you want to acknowledge that yes, wages, and taxes as well, both take away from the profits . . . .

That's quite the leap. While I wouldn't say that wages are significantly/determinably kept down because taxes eat into profits, wages are impacted by an overburden of taxation. The more the government eats into a society's seed corn, the fewer the jobs and the higher the cost of goods. Those impacts do disproportionately affect those on the lower end of the wage scale. An across the board, mandated for all businesses, declared minimum wage hurts workers and businesses for a variety of reasons. One of which being that wages are spent to make profits. The point is more relevant in a dynamic, growing industry/business relative to more visible, more static sectors of an economic system. In the latter, wages are more of a drag on profits, yes.

Sporkatus
emotionally and psychologically arrested somewhere in adolescence.

I think it's fair to summarize the whole of Strouse's academic career with the simple three word sentence, "Ha, ha, penis".

David

“Ha, ha, penis”.

Basically, a more contrived version of schoolboys adorning their geography books with badly drawn cocks.

Hal

I think it's fair to summarize the whole of Strouse's academic career with the simple three word sentence, "Ha, ha, penis".

Hmmm. Somehow I didn't get the impression of his having been a U.S. Marine . . .

Adam

2017 PhD? The date of his degree tells that Strouse is not a Professor in the academic hierarchy. He is such only in colloquial usage where anyone standing in front of a classroom of college students is a "prof".

Now, Strouse has to earn his tenure by impressing his department. My bet is that his article precisely tracks the views of his department chair.

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