It’s been brought to my attention that there will be a protest/strike on this Wednesday, November 20. I’ve been persuaded to my satisfaction that the cause is both noble and just, and I will therefore be taking part. However, it seems to me that the aim of standing by the working man ought not, and need not, conflict with the aim of learning philosophy. The solution is this: If you have section on Tuesday (tomorrow), nothing is changed. Come as usual, bringing, remember, a draft/outline of your upcoming paper.
If, on the other hand, you have section on Wednesday, then we’ll be reading our paper drafts outside, simultaneously showing our support for the plight of the working man, and learning how better to write philosophy. Exact location TBA, but likely the picnic tables southwest of Moses. Section attendance won’t be required, because of the unusual conditions. But reading your fellow students’ drafts will be helpful, so I’d encourage you to come. Also, since it won’t be as structured, don’t feel bound by your particular section time: I’ll be there from 1:10 until 3, or until people get bored.
There will be some contingency plan if it rains.
Here is Billy Bragg on unions:
I was writing a post from my computer at work, and I didn’t save the draft correctly. Now I can’t continue writing from my laptop. :(
Because I lack the creative juices and talent to come up with original content right now, I will copy paste my GSI’s recent e-mails to my section.
I need my lipstick red as the blood of angry men and eyeliner black like the dark of ages past
You are good at something, stop lying to yourself. You’re good at breaking down comic book plots, cooking ramen perfectly, making your friends happy, knowing the time without looking at a clock, getting the perfect ending at RPG’s, or figuring out the twist ending to movies. Don’t let society tell you your talents are meaningless because they don’t serve an economical purpose. Your talents reflect your interests and passions, and what’s important to you is important.