Wisdom of the commentariat

A few good comments I’ve read lately, hidden deep in other people’s blogs:

Our friend Robinia writes at TAP on local higher ed as entrenched interests, and also wonders who died and left Robert Wilmers boss.

Celebrating the recent tea parties on Fault Lines, a funny and telling exchange about a “lack of turnout” in Utica.

Joebass123 explores the nature of urban congestion as community dialogue on Route 81 moves forward on Sean Kirst’s blog.

4 Replies to “Wisdom of the commentariat”

  1. Robinia, as usual, makes some dead on and excellent points about this region’s universities and quasi-public-but-private entities like Center of Excellences as entrenched, bending the ear of politicians and inflexible to true transformative innovations. They exist to fund university-driven research, and these days, universities are as much the problem as anything. Isolated, specialists with millions to spend does not bubble up innovation from sidewalks, as Robinia, pointing to Jane Jacobs, identifies.

    With public money, you’d think the public ought to have first dibbs on submitting innovative proposals.

  2. Utica’s TEA Party was a last-minute plan, I think. I myself knew about it a day before, and I had been watching the roster several times a week.

    Jean at akagaga.blogpot.com attended the Albany TEA Party, which was extremely successful. And of course, in Texas it was reported that tens of thousands showed up.

    New York State has never been a traditional supporter of individual liberties, anyway, so NYS’s comparatively lower turnout than other states was not surprising. And that’s not even mentioning the media (small and large) blackout of the entire event. Oddly enough, many Upstate NY bloggers were eerily silent about the events.

  3. “New York State has never been a traditional supporter of individual liberties, anyway…”

    Sorry, but that is way, way off the mark. Upstate NY is the original hotbed of individual liberties, the soil of the abolitionist movement and women’s suffrage and rights… even, before that, the place where Dutch women were the first in the “new world” to own property in their own names, and Haudenosaunee women walked the woods alone, secure in their inviolate right to do so without fear of male aggression (as women’s individual rights to control their own bodies were inculcated deep in the culture).

    Boston clipper shippers, merchants whose profit margins were diminished by taxes on imported products, staged the first “tea party” over their unhappiness with the King’s new tax…. but were eerily silent about the third leg of their “triangle trade,” which brought stolen and enslaved Africans to this country to work without individual liberties. The poor can, indeed, remain without rights while the wealthy squabble about who deserves more of the take….

  4. jumping over to joebass, i’m on board with the point that ‘congestion’ has become a dirty word that isn’t always dirty: i went to gannon’s last night, and hundreds of people stood in line, only a few seeming to be in a hurry. is that congestion? are the sidewalks of manhattan too congested? or the waiting area at the dinosaur? people don’t use the word, but what they are nostalgic about downtown – fundamentally – is congestion.

    sean

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