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Meanwhile, in the Mirror Universe

Speaking as we were of the urge to mythologise, here’s Ron Radosh on the fantasies and inversions of progressive academia

Look whose photo graces the campus of UCLA, meant to be an inspiration to incoming students. The woman in the photo is standing above the slogan: “We Question.” For those who can’t identify her, the photo depicts Angela Davis, the notorious former Communist Party USA leader who, beginning in the ‘60s, moulded together black nationalism with Marxism-Leninism... For her loyalty to the Soviet Union and its foreign policies, in 1972 she was awarded a Lenin Centenary Medal in the Soviet Union, after which she spoke to thousands at an outdoor rally in Moscow… As she left Moscow and went up the stairs to enter her plane, she yelled out with a clenched fist: “Long live the science of Marxism-Leninism.” There is not an iota of evidence that she questioned anything about the dreary reality in the Soviet Union and their Eastern European client states.

Davis also received the International Lenin Peace Prize — formerly called the Stalin Peace Prize — from the STASI state of East Germany in 1979. She was awarded it for supposedly strengthening “peace among peoples,” but it was actually for her continued fidelity to the Soviet bloc, which to her represented the future of humanity. Not only did she not “question” authority, Davis openly defended the repressive measures of the Communist states by endorsing their imprisonment of dissident intellectuals.

I think that’s what’s called exquisite irony. 

Of course Ms Davis has groupies over here too, at Birkbeck, for instance, where the credulous and dyspeptic scrawled the words “Fuck rich white men.” While the woman they so admire, this self-styled “political prisoner,” charges $20,000 an hour. Details of Ms Davis’s extra-legal activities can be found in the book Radicals by David Horowitz, while his earlier book One-Party Classroom outlines the practised hagiography that surrounds this Distinguished Professor Emerita of the History of Consciousness and Feminist Studies.

Comments

bilbaoboy

Being rich (or near as makes no difference), a man and white, I ask what is wrong with the phrase; Fuck rich white men?

'Way to go' as our colonial friends say!

Sam

Distinguished Professor Emerita of the History of Consciousness and Feminist Studies.

A vain Marxist. Who knew?

David

It is a bit Grand Poobah.

Nikw211

Angela Davis gave an AMAZING lecture tonight. And this was the 'general' feeling towards Michael Mansfield's presence

This, uh, wait, what?

I'm confused … is this Michael Mansfield QC, the one being told to get f***ed, the same one Wikipedia describes as a "republican, vegetarian, socialist, and self-described "radical lawyer"?

Or have I confused that Michael Mansfield with, I don't know, a CEO of an international arms dealer and alleged serial rapist or something?

sk60

While the woman they so admire, this self-styled “political prisoner,” charges $20,000 an hour.

Well at least she's cheaper than Hillary Clinton.

http://collegeinsurrection.com/2014/10/hillary-clinton-charges-university-225k-for-speech-on-the-high-cost-of-tuition/

David

This, uh, wait, what?

I haven’t yet managed to find any video of the exchange, but I fear he may have been insufficiently deferential. What with her being a Living Goddess and the Queen of All Human Knowledge.

R. Sherman

I, for one, will be quite happy the day "Angela Davis" is a question in the noted party trivia game, "Dead or Canadian?"

Ted S., Catskill Mtns., NY, USA

Meanwhile, in the Mirror Universe

When I saw the headline, I thought we were going to get some Page 3 girls or something.

David

I think you’ve confused this blog with BustyLadies.com

David

Oh dear. I’ve just discovered there actually is a website with the URL BustyLadies.com

I’ve been emotionally scarred.

Sam Duncanq

“Fuck rich white men.”

That's the way to the top!

“I’ve just discovered there actually is a website with the URL BustyLadies.com”

I'd cite Rule 34 here, but c'mon... did you seriously think there wouldn't be? It's not as if it's Thomas the Tank Engine slash fiction. (Oh, don't panic: it's XKCD.)

Ed Snack

Thomas the Tank engine...you mean you've never heard of "50 shades of steam"... (not original, I know, but too good to miss)

Ted S., Catskill Mtns., NY, USA

I'm reminded of the time I decided to look up if there was such a thing as a nose fetish -- of course there is, but that's not the point. One of the websites that came up early in the search I don't remember the URL of, but it was for the more specific fetish of Asian women with big noses.

Rob

On a similar subject of website names which had unfortunate double meanings when rendered as a domain name, my favourite was Pen Island.

Steveo40

I once saw www.holidayhomesexchange.co.uk (or similar) advertised on a South West Trains service and for a moment genuinely wondered why a holiday home may require a sex change.

Paul Nottingham

“Fuck rich white men.”

It was merely one of Hillary's suggestions for paying high tuition fees.

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