Friday, July 02, 2004

While I'm on SAF 

As I mentioned, Pitzer College (where I taught for three years) invited Weather Undergrounder Bernardine Dohrn to give thier graduation address. Shawn Macomber reports she really cheered up the crowd:
Dohrn kicked off her speech by deriding Pitzer�s students as having been �raised in, soaked in and shaped by an era of American triumphalism, empire, privilege and apparent peace.� But their �myopic world view,� she assured them, lay �in ashes.� She proceeded to give students the following perspective on the last four years:

�During your student years here, the cruelly brutal, criminal attacks of September 11, 2001, the shredded economy and loss of jobs, the consequences of deregulation and devolution that bankrupted state and local governments, the relentless punishment and imprisoning of over two million people in America, flagrant corporate plunder and criminality, rolling blackouts, the apparently permanent war on terrorism, the shock and awe occupation of Iraq, systematic and degrading detention without trial, torture and extra-judicial assassinations, and the establishment of a crescent of new U.S. military bases across the Middle East and South Asia � all have transformed whatever blissful illusions were harbored as you entered college.�
Macomber discusses other party poopers. RTWT.