Hope (on my banning from Commondreams.org)
To the commondreams.org editorial staff,
I will take your banning me from your comment section as a badge of honor.
I take particular comfort and inspiration in the words of Chris Hedges from Thursday's march:
Hope has a cost. Hope is not comfortable or easy. Hope requires personal risk. It is not about the right attitude or peace of mind.
Hope is action, hope is doing something-the more futile, the more useless, the more irrelevant and incomprehensible an act of rebellion is the vaster and more potent hope becomes.
Hope never make sense. Hope is weak.
Hope is unorganized and always absurd.
These are words I am now living by. No one needs to tell me that I have moved from a relatively respectable individual-an associate professor formerly at Yale, now at Bard, a somewhat recognized composer and scholar in music theory and cognition now joining the ranks of the absurd, ridiculous and despised.
And I am entirely comfortable with this.
As for you, individually and collectively, you have shown through your editorial actions that you belong to what Hedges has correctly characterized as a "dying" Liberal Class.
Let us all hope that death comes quickly-sufficiently quickly for other more viable and credible institutions to take your place.
Here's to the hope that this happens before you bring us all down with you.