The Clinton American Experience doc will be particularly interesting for those who are wondering if Kenneth Starr has toned down his smarmy, highly inappropriate smirking over the years. He hasn’t- it just appears a bit more belabored due to the softening of his face. As a kid, watching those bunny chompers revealing and hiding themselves between every clause in every response in every press conference (with Judy W. and Wolf B. narrating) was repulsive enough to suggest that adultery was not only forgivable, but probably a pretty good thing to do.
This particular childhood tableau resonates quite deeply with me- I have memories of experiences quite similar to the one described so vividly here.
“Students today are over $1 trillion in debt. That’s more than credit card debt. A trillion dollars of debt? That’s a burden on people coming out of college. It’s got them trapped. It (tuition) is a technique of control, and it surely isn’t an economic necessity in the richest country in the world. All sorts of things started happening — the university architecture changed. Universities that were built, worldwide, in the post-’70s and on, are usually designed so that they don’t have meeting places, designed just to keep students separated and under control. Look at the ratio of administrators to faculty: it’s gone way up the last couple of decades … not for educational purposes, but for more techniques of control. What you’re talking about, I think it should be opposed, because it’s a general form of indoctrination and control, which goes down to kindergarten. I mean, that’s what No Child Left Behind is about. It’s training for the Marine Corps. It’s a way to make sure that children aren’t free, independent or inquisitive, exploring.”—Noam Chomsky (via azspot)
Truth to power, as usual (with a side of Virilio/Foucault thrown in for good measure).