Harrison in the news

A student, more savvy than I with computers, somehow cooked this up: Click here.  Like all radicals (and if you want to be a social radical these days, you should be a devout Catholic), I will take my refuge in the safety of the academy.

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About Kleiner

Associate Vice Provost and Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Utah State University. I teach across the curriculum, but am most interested in continental philosophy, ancient and medieval philosophy as well as Catholic thought, all of which might be summed up as an interest in the ressourcement tradition (returning in order to make progress). I also enjoy spending time thinking about liberal education and its ends.

2 thoughts on “Harrison in the news

  1. Blood and Ashes (Will)

    I’m not an Obama (Big Brother) supporter at all, but that video was hilarious. The cursing old woman, the sign on the church, the Barrack the vote guy, all pure gold.
    The message at the end is kind of interesting though. Apparently the entity in question (good ol’ Harrison, always causing a ruckus) would have either given Mccain a larger win margin or created a tie, which seems to be their goal.

    Also, connecting to the post by Kleiner that precedes this article, I find it odd, and really sad, that the parody we have of people being reactionary or foolish (the street protesters in the clip) is becoming so real.
    From what I’ve seen through mass media and people I’ve been with:
    If I vote for Obama;
    to the liberals I’m a free thinker and idealist
    to the neo cons I’m a crowdist and an elitist(why this word has come to be negative is beyond me)

    If I vote for Mccain:
    to the liberals I’m evil, close minded, racist
    to the neo cons I’m values oriented, a patriot, the Rockwellian vision of America with bibles in schools etc (never mind that the conservatives are the ones who removed bibles from public education)

    If I vote for Mckinney (green party) or Cthulu (Party of Otherworldly Appettite and Anthropophagic Terror):
    Both sides say I’m throwing away my vote and love bush/hate america/punch babies in the face etc.

    Granted, these aren’t completely definitive claims. Not all atheists are so juvenile as in that piece Harrison provided, and not all representatives of the sides here are the same way, but there seems to be this mass media propaganda push of guilt that is eerily similar to Bush’s campaign of intimidation back in ’04 (“if Kerry is elected, we’ll have another 9/11” etc. “if Obama isn’t elected, then America doesn’t believe in Civil Equality”). This has combined with the regularly viewed mentality of “freedom of choice….as long as you choose mind” that South Park brilliantly skewed in its PETA/Turd Sandwich versus a Giant Douche episode, and has led to a devolving of dialog into “thinking is an opponent of religion” bathroom graffiti.

    Sorry for the rant, I’m tired and malnourished, I’m sure I’ll be filleted here.



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