One Great Program! (I Hate PoliSci)

A while ago, I was advised by a very respected blogger that it is unwise to criticize my program at UNL. It’s not that professional, and it’s not a good career move. While I blog pseudonymously as “dan tdaxp,” my real name is trivially easy to find on this site. I don’t blog anonymously.

That said, if you are at all knowledgeable of international relations, and are thinking of attending UNL to learn more: don’t.

With apologies to The Weakerthans…

It’s good morning, another day has just begun.
Great! Class today, always informative and fun.
A quick goodbye to loved ones who I care about.
And blast out of the door. Then pedals to the floor.
And by Oldfather Hall, the blogger’s locking up
his new bicycle, trying not to say,

“I hate PoliSci.”

How America screwed them on some given date.
The Big Cheese is smart; see how he enunciates:
“George Bush sucks, and John Bolton’s crazy anyway.”
The same shit everyday.
And during questioning
they’re all shushed again.
He’s thinking to himself:
fellow students’ bewilderment proclaims:

“I hate PoliSci.”

And away from that all,
wisdom from the Sky:
that people matter more.
To live with those I love…
lucky! They love me back!
All love and happiness and warmth displayed.

I
Love
Husker Hall.

At least Younghusband is having fun at the Canadian War College.

Lyrics for "One Great City!" (I Hate Winnipeg) by The Weakerthans

One Great City!,” by The Weakerthans, Reconstruction Site, 26 August 2003, http://www.theweakerthans.org/lyrics/reconstructionsite/11onegreatcity.html [buy the cd].

Mad props to M for burning this on a mix CD.

Late afternoon, another day is nearly done
A darker grey is breaking through a lighter one
A thousand sharpened elbows in the underground
That hollow hurried sound of feet on polished floor
And in the dollar store, the clerk is closing up
And counting loonies trying not to say

I hate Winnipeg

The driver checks the mirror seven minutes late
The crowded riders’ restlessness enunciates
The Guess Who sucked, the Jets were lousy anyway
The same route everyday
And in the turning lane
Someone’s stalled again
He’s talking to himself
And hears the price of gas repeat his phrase

I hate Winnipeg

And up above us all
Leaning into sky
Our golden business boy
Will watch the North End die
And sing, “I love this town”
Then let his arcing wrecking ball proclaim

I
Hate
Winnipeg

Update: Because of spam, I have ended trackbacks for this post :-(.

Harvard: Geography Sucks

Geography in Exile,” by Briant Berry, Foreign Policy, No. 124, May-June 2001, http://links.jstor.org/sici?sici=0015-7228%28200105%2F06%290%3A124%3C6%3AGIE%3E2.0.CO%3B2-S.

Amid another angle on the ignorance and blindness of the modern university:

Those of us who have spent time in the Cambridge environment are well aware that insularity breeds arrogance; competence is perceived to decline sharply at the banks of the Charles River. If there are “Prisoners of Geography,” it is those who, confined to their tight academic island, make claims of discovery because they are separated from the larger intellectual enterprise by screens of self-congratulatory misperception.

A letter writer to Foreign Policy magazine relates Harvard’s hostility to geography (this should get Catholicgauze riled up!)

Ricardo Hausmann claims that development specialists have neglected geography because the discipline fell into disfavor as was excised from Harvard University in the 1950s (“Prisoners of Geography”, January/February 2001). He also asserts that a new group of Harvard economists have “rediscovered” economic geography and reversed decades of neglect, a peculiar view of intellectual history.

Economic geography has grown and thrived in the last half century, not withered. Geography was forced out of Harvard not for intellectual reasons, but for a series of interpersonal conflicts and embarrassments among faculty and administrators. The “new economic geographers” of Harvard find novelty only because of their insularity: They quote mostly each other, and rarely (if at all) the scholars on whose contributions they rely.

When I held a chair at Harvard, the then dean of the John F. Kennedy School of Government told me there was no room for geography or geographers.” The time has come for that to be corrected. As Hausmann properly notes, economic geography should be at the forefront of the development debate. I would only add that it should be the real thing.