Tuesday, March 11, 2003

At uni. Cafeteria. Sipping on Cappacino. Getting ready for Modern Political Thought Class. Class is perfect except, my Proffessor really enjoys looking right at me during his lectures, speaking as though I'm the only one there. Do I get some weird, perverse pleasure from it? nope. Not moi. I find it a little distracting. Although, women are just as manipulative.
OKAY. OKAY. Back on the subject at hand, and on what I'm reading. Rousseau, Discourses and the Social Contract. Here you Go:
according to Rousseau there are TWO KINDS OF INEQUALITY AMONGST MEN. These are of the natural and the physical.
"ONE, WHICH I CALL NATURAL OR PHYSICAL, BECAUSE IT IS BODILY STRENGTH AND THE QUALITIES OF MIND OR OF THE SOUL: AND ANAOTHER, WHICH MAY BE CALLED MORAL OR POLITICAL INEQUALITY, BECAUSE IT DEPENDS ON A KIND OF CONVENTION, AND IS ESTABLISHED, OR AT LEAST AUTHORIZED, BY THE CONSENT OF MEN. THIS LATTER CONSISTS OF THE DIFFERENT PRIVILEGES WHICH SOME MEN ENJOY TO THE PREJUDICE OF OTHERS; SUCH AS THAT OF BEING MORE RICH, MORE HONOURED, MORE POWERFUL, OR EVEN IN A POSITION TO EXACT OBEDIENCE."
Okay, which rings true in real life. At CUNY Hunter, for instance it is a public university, progressive, and highly political. Also, a major, major tuition hike is being implemented as of next year. At a rally I attended last week, a certain Congressman, I have forgotten his name, said something that rang true....for all in this city. The poor are affected first, we, WE are the ones the pay for everything. The students? Yes. I for one have my tuition payed for by my parents. Yes, I'm lucky enough to have the privelege. *ahem* see above. BUT, it is still my problem because I see my friends, comrads, struggling. Should it really be like europe? The University for free? Harder exams to make into university as a result? To be continued.

Monday, March 10, 2003

IT IS ONE OF THE GREATEST MISUNDERSTANDINGS TO TALK OF FREE, HUMAN, SOCIAL WORK, OR WORK WITHOUT PRIVATE PROPERTY. "WORK" IS ESSENTIALLY THE UNFREE, INHUMAN, UNSOCIAL ACTIVITY, DETERMINED BY PRIVATE PROPERTY AND CREATING PRIVATE PROPERTY. THE ABOLITION OF PRIVATE PROPERTY BECOMES A REALITY ONLY WHEN IT IS UNDERSTOOD AS THE ABOLITION OF "WORK". karl marx