SWC Agenda – HIS 141 / MAS 141

Spring 2017


Class # “the last” US History/MAS 141 Spring 2016

Sign in! Sign in!! Sign in!!!

Catch UP!!!! Pick your topic #2! Email it to me!!!!

Portfolios due Midnight, March 30th.

Why are things as they are? People make their own histories, but not in circumstances they choose.

“Merchants have no country,” wrote Thomas Jefferson in 1814. “The mere spot they stand on does not constitute so strong an attachment as that from which they draw their gains.”

We can comprehend and Change the world. What we do counts. (Gibson)

March 21

1921 – The New Economic Policy is implemented by the Bolshevik Party in response to the economic failure as a result of war communism.

1925 – The Butler Act prohibits the teaching of human evolution in Tennessee.

1928Charles Lindbergh is presented with the Medal of Honor for the first solo trans-Atlantic flight.

1952Alan Freed presents the Moondog Coronation Ball, the first rock and roll concert, in Cleveland, Ohio.

1960Apartheid: Sharpeville massacre, South Africa: Police open fire on a group of unarmed black South African demonstrators, killing 69 and wounding 180.

1980 – US President Jimmy Carter announces a United States boycott of the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow to protest the Soviet war in Afghanistan.

Our Last Phantasmagoric Agenda

1. What IS up? China in Australia! Firebase Bell Attacked! More! What is missing?????

2. Delightful student presentations followed by nice questions, smiles, applause.

3. Taliban, AQ, ISIS, origins and the potential future.

a. http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2011/12/leadup-iraq-war-timeline

4. Wrap up and fond farewells.

Don’t forget! Due March 30th. Midnight! Portfolios!

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History is more or less bunk.

HENRY FORD, Chicago Tribune, May 25, 1916

To remain ignorant of things that happened before you were born is to remain a child.  Cicero

 

March 16th

1935Adolf Hitler orders Germany to rearm herself in violation of the Treaty of Versailles. Conscription is reintroduced to form the Wehrmacht.

1945World War II: The Battle of Iwo Jima ended, but small pockets of Japanese resistance persisted.

http://www.nationalww2museum.org/assets/images/iwo-jima-flag-raising.jpg

1968Vietnam War: In the My Lai Massacre, between 347 and 500 Vietnamese villagers (men, women, and children) are killed by American troops.

My Lai massacre.jpg

1979Sino-Vietnamese War: The People’s Liberation Army crosses the border back into China, ends the war.

1988Iran–Contra affair: Lieutenant Colonel Oliver North and Vice Admiral John Poindexter are indicted on charges of conspiracy to defraud the United States.

1995Mississippi formally ratifies the Thirteenth Amendment, becoming the last state to approve the abolition of slavery. The Thirteenth Amendment was officially ratified in 1865.

Our Phantasmagoric 2nd to last Agenda

1. What IS up???

a. Mass Layoffs and resistance in China + repression

b. Election Schmelection: So Long Bernie + Little Marco

Notes: The survey was conducted March 9-14. About 64

c.Obama to Cuba: What is socialism?

d. Much More!!! Unaddressed Issues?

2. Farm work after the formal end of Bracero, Chavez and today.

3. The US from Washington’s Farewell to 1877!

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If you have not submitted a paper #1; it is now too late. You should drop the class.

 

“Wherever we go we have got the maxim gun and they have not. ” British slogan

March 14th

1794Eli Whitney is granted a patent for the cotton gin.

1943World War II: The Kraków Ghetto is “liquidated”.

1964 – A jury in Dallas finds Jack Ruby guilty of killing Lee Harvey Oswald, the assumed assassin of John F. Kennedy.

 

Our Phantasmagoric Agenda #12

1. Email me about your research paper #2.

2. We are one class behind. How shall we deal with presentations?

3. What is UP?

a. Stennis off Korea (via S. China Sea)

b. Mass demonstrations in Brazil

c. China in Afghanistan (and Taliban coming)

4. The US Declaration of Independence + Constitution—looking for the material base and examining the contradictions.

5. Wrapping up professors Meyer and Gonzalez.

a. My list of questions we should address

Why is oil (or rubber) so important? Easy answer

How shall we treat religion? on syllabus

What is feudalism? soon

What is nationalism? done sufficiently?

What is capitalism? on syllabus

What is imperialism? on syllabus

What is racism? on syllabus

What is democracy? A republic? done sufficiently?

What/Why revolutions? done sufficiently?

Why all the financial crises? done sufficiently?

Why the Taliban, AQ, IS and the “Arab Spring” ?

What is the strategy of guerrilla war, or the “Fabian approach,” or the “war of the flea.” (Sun Tzu)

Whither China? No time…..

What of the USSR and Russia? No time

Vietnam?

Why have government?

What is socialism?

Communism?

Fascism?

How to go to college, and pick one?

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Teach peace to the conquered! (Virgil, Aeneid)

March 9th

1841 – The U.S. Supreme Court rules in the United States v. The Amistad case that captive Africans who had seized control of the ship carrying them had been taken into slavery illegally.

1847Mexican–American War: The first large-scale amphibious assault in U.S. history is launched in the Siege of Veracruz.

1862American Civil War: The USS Monitor and CSS Virginia fight to a draw in the Battle of Hampton Roads, the first battle between two ironclad warships.

http://historylink101.com/bw/civil_war_ships/MonitorMerrimacNavalBattle/images/IMG_6090_e2.jpg

1945 – The first nocturnal incendiary attack on Tokyo inflicts damage comparable to that inflicted on Hiroshima five months later.

1954McCarthyism: CBS television broadcasts the See It Now episode, “A Report on Senator Joseph McCarthy“, produced by Fred Friendly.

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IWW Elizabeth Gurley Flynn (Lawrence Strike and More)

25 Years ago: Rodney King (“Can’t we all get along?)

Our Phantasmagoric Agenda 10 + 11

1. What is UP???

b. Much More

2. Back to the Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution –briefly.

https://mholloway63.files.wordpress.com/2013/10/corwallis.jpg

a. The Treaty of Paris

3. On to Mexico! Professor Meyer says that “Mexico got stuck for 300 years after Cortez.” Is that true? Why or why not? What factors did it, or overcame it?

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George Orwell

“The most effective way to destroy people is to deny and obliterate their own understanding of their history.”
George Orwell
Our Phantasmagoric Agenda  9!!!!!
March 2 1807 – The U.S. Congress passes the Act Prohibiting Importation of Slaves, disallowing the importation of new slaves into the country.
1867 – The U.S. Congress passes the first Reconstruction Act.

1877U.S. presidential election, 1876: Just two days before inauguration, the U.S. Congress declares Rutherford B. Hayes the winner of the election even though Samuel J. Tilden had won the popular vote on November 7, 1876.

Lenin State and Revolution

https://www.marxists.org/archive/lenin/works/1917/staterev/

1919 – The first Communist International meets in Moscow.

1946Ho Chi Minh is elected the President of North Vietnam.
Ho-Giap Standing
General Giap and Ho on right
1965 – The US and South Vietnamese Air Force begin Operation Rolling Thunder, a sustained bombing campaign against North Vietnam.

Labor Films   https://laborfilms.com/category/a-highly-recommended-labor-films/

1. What IS up?

a. Mass layoffs in China–overproduction

uk.reuters.com/article/us-china-economy-layoffs-exclusive-idUKKCN0W33DS

b. Bidding War of Billions in Afghanistan

ww.newyorker.com/magazine/2016/03/07/the-man-who-made-millions-off-the-afghan-war?mbid=nl_160301_Daily%20A&CNDID=39165830&spMailingID=8607382&spUserID=MTEyNjMyNjM4NjI0S0&spJobID=880113475&spReportId=ODgwMTEzNDc1S0

c. Election Schmelection!

2. Equality! Democracy! Revolution (back to Prof Johnson) The Declaration of Independence!

3. Grand Strategy! Strategy! Tactics!

Brit?American Strengths + Weaknesses

a. Gentleman Johnny Burgoyne–France!

b. The Swamp Fox Francis Marion

c. Cornwallis surrenders at Yorktown

e. Sam Adams: “The key question: Who will do the work???”

4. Victory! The Articles of Confederation.

6. The Constitution (authors?) and the Bill of Rights.

a. Teach peace to the conquered.  Inequality booms–the empire of cotton and a new aristocracy

b. Washington’s presidency (slaves and simplicity)

c. Washington Farewell Address.

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“Remember, remember always, that all of us, and you and I especially, are descended from immigrants and revolutionists.”
Franklin D. Roosevelt

February 29

Our Phantasmagoric Agenda #8!!

1. What IS up??

a. Bread and Circuses: The Oscar Spectacle and the Republican “debate.”

b. Hillbillary’s victory in Libya, Egypt, Syria!

b. More! Obits!

Advice about colleges and universities

*Get scholarships! Grades suck, but grades matter. What would Kim Philby do?

*Select the best possible school–with the best reputation–schools are Not equal (UC vs CSU vs CC)

*Determine to finish from the outset. Don’t just stick your toe in.
*Find a mentor–fast–get help with right classes and schedule. Visit profs during office hours.
*Stay away from frats/sororities and 7 day a week parties.

*Make an effort to connect with and learn from people from different backgrounds. Make friends!
*Pick classes with care–ask your mentor–other students–don’t count on RateMyProf.
*Read the syllabus! Follow it. Keep up.

*Sit in front if you can stand it.
*Use writing centers. If they suck and always only use formulas, get Ken Macrorie’s I Search Paper online.

*Proofread. Don’t just spell check. Get someone else to proof too.
*Create a disciplined schedule that includes exercise at least 30 minutes a day 4 days a week.

Don’t be discouraged by crappy classes, bad profs. If someone is stealing your education–steal it back. You are responsible for your own education.

Don’t be suckered by bad, for-profit colleges (Corinthean, etc.) as you will get a worthless degree and lots of debt.

A fine prof who is a friend adds: eat right and sleep. And become a serious person. That is, some of the best things in life aren’t fun or entertaining. Finally, I would say that even though all colleges aren’t alike, what you get out of them is to a large extent, much larger than an 18 year old would usually expect, up to you. There are many incredibly intelligent people even in crappy schools. Be serious about finding them.

2. The Invasion of What becomes the USA and Canada.

***Revolution! Why? Why Not? How?

Howard Zinn’s entire “People’s History of the USA,” is here http://www.historyisaweapon.com/zinnapeopleshistory.html

Chalmers Johnson on Revolution:  http://richgibson.com/johnsonquotes.htm

3. The Declaration of Independence. Contradictions!

4. The Articles of Confederation

5. The US Constitution (the economic, material base, and more contradictions).

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History is a vast early warning system. ~Norman Cousins

Class Seven (1/2 done!!!)

February 24th:  1821 – Final stage of the Mexican War of Independence from Spain with Plan of Iguala .

1868Andrew Johnson becomes the first President of the United States to be impeached by the United States House of Representatives. He is later acquitted in the Senate.

1917World War I: The U.S. ambassador Walter Hines Page to the United Kingdom is given the Zimmermann Telegram, in which Germany pledges to ensure the return of New Mexico, Texas, and Arizona to Mexico if Mexico declares war on the United States.

1920 – The Nazi Party is founded.

What is fascism? http://www.thirdworldtraveler.com/Fascism/What_Is_Fascism_Gibson.html

1968Vietnam War: The Tet Offensive is halted

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Our Phantasmagoric Agenda

1. What IS Up??

a. Again, social class, school, and the internet.

b. Racism: reminder from Seuss—the material bases

2 Vietnam Part 2

3. The Spanish Invasion

4. Next week: doing college. Papers due 3/7!!!!

Aztec Strengths (and Weaknesses?)

Great Warriors–for centuries—knew strategy and tactics: Grand Strategy to expand empire through local surrogates who would pay tribute

Understood math, science, medicine, astronomy, agriculture (very innovative, built land out of the water). Had a calendar, 365 days. Seven yields of crops per year!

But they also had a powerful superstition, religion, (Massive human sacrifices) Priests high up. Aztecs believed “We are the chosen ones.” (HUBRIS)

Very powerful symbolism in their gods, related to nature. The religion served as a unifying force, or did it?

Very hierarchical: King near a god. Nobles, Priests, etc. buy 90% slaves or workers. Slavery not hereditary.

Trade and empire building meant they knew the region, the terrain, very well.

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People are trapped in history, and history is trapped in them. ~James Baldwin, Notes of a Native Son

February 22 1847Mexican–American War: The Battle of Buena Vista – 5,000 American troops defeat 15,000 Mexicans.

1848: Karl Marx and Frederick Engels Publish
The Communist Manifesto (“all written history is the history of class struggle”) and change the world.

https://www.marxists.org/archive/marx/works/1848/communist-manifesto/

1862Jefferson Davis is officially inaugurated for a six-year term as the President of the Confederate States of America in Richmond, Virginia. He was previously inaugurated as a provisional president on February 18, 1861.

1973Cold War: Following President Richard Nixon‘s visit to the People’s Republic of China, the two countries agree to establish liaison offices.

1994Aldrich Ames and his wife are charged by the United States Department of Justice with spying for the Soviet Union.

2014 – President Viktor Yanukovych of Ukraine is impeached by the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine by a vote of 328–0, fulfilling a major goal of the Euromaidan rebellion.

Our Phantasmagoric Agenda (3/7 done)

Catch up! Don’t make me take attendance twice!

“Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favour all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamt would have come his way. ) (Murray)

1. What is UP?

a. DOONESBURY! http://doonesbury.washingtonpost.com/strip/archive/2016/02/21

b. The deadly Afghan Poppy  http://www.tomdispatch.com/post/176106/tomgram%3A_alfred_mccoy%2C_washington%27s_twenty-first-century_opium_wars/

c. China and WW3 

From The New Yorker:

The West is the plan for many of China’s new rich. In the past decade, they have swept into cities like New York, London, and Los Angeles, snapping up real estate and provoking anxieties about inequality and globalized wealth. Rich Chinese have become a fixture in the public imagination, the way rich Russians were in the nineteen-nineties and rich people from the Gulf states were in the decades before that. The Chinese presence in Vancouver is particularly pronounced, thanks to the city’s position on the Pacific Rim, its pleasant climate, and its easy pace of life. China’s newly minted millionaires see the city as a haven in which to place not only their money but, increasingly, their offspring, who come there to get an education, to start businesses, and to socialize.

The children of wealthy Chinese are known as fuerdai, which means “rich second generation.” In a culture where poverty and thrift were long the norm, their extravagances have become notorious. Last year, the son of China’s richest man posted pictures online of his dog wearing two gold-plated Apple Watches, one on each front paw. On Web forums, citizens complain that fuerdai are “flaunting what they haven’t earned” and that “their grotesque displays are a poison to the work ethic of Chinese society.”

MaoTseTung-LongMarchPeter Navarro on CSPAN demonstrating the run-up to WW3   http://www.c-span.org/video/?401605-1/book-discussion-crouching-tiger

2.    What is imperialism? See Luxemburg for one view, here: http://richgibson.com/twinbirths.html

3.   The Introduction and Chapter 1in Gonzalez’ “Guest Workers or Colonized Labor?”

http://www.ufwstories.com/story/view/oppose-all-forms-of-guest-worker-programs

4. Vietnam

a. What do you know?

b. Want to know or hope to learn?

c. What did you learn?

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“The South believed an educated Negro to be a dangerous Negro. And the South was not wholly wrong; for education among all kinds of men always has had, and always will have, an element of danger and revolution, of dissatisfaction and discontent. Nevertheless, men strive to know.”
W.E.B. Du Bois, The Souls of Black Folk

February 17th: 1819 – The United States House of Representatives passes the Missouri Compromise for the first time.

1865 – American Civil War: Columbia, South Carolina, is burned as Confederate forces flee from advancing Union forces.

1933 – The Blaine Act ends Prohibition in the United States.

1979 – The Sino-Vietnamese War begins. (4 years after the US ran away in Vietnam, China invaded).

2011Libyan protests begin. In Bahrain, security forces launched a deadly pre-dawn raid on protesters in Pearl Roundabout in Manama, the day is locally known as Bloody Thursday.

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Our Phantasmagoric Agenda (1/3rd done)

1. What is UP?

a. Jets to S. Korea!  http://www.militarytimes.com/story/military/2016/02/16/f-22s-south-korea-north-korea-rocket-test/80486106/?=recache

b. Did you watch the Black Panther film on PBS? Do you want to?

http://video.kqed.org/video/2365657009/

2. How Shall We address religion?

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3. What is capitalism? Imperialism?

4. What is Racism? Where does it come from? Why does it persist? Who does it serve?

Reminder: Aztec Strengths (and Weaknesses?)

Great Warriors–for centuries—knew strategy and tactics: Grand Strategy to expand empire through local surrogates who would pay tribute

Understood math, science, medicine, astronomy, agriculture (very innovative, built land out of the water). Had a calendar, 365 days. Seven yields of crops per year!

But they also had a powerful superstition, religion, (Massive human sacrifices) Priests high up. Aztecs believed “We are the chosen ones.” (HUBRIS)

Very powerful symbolism in their gods, related to nature. The religion served as a unifying force, or did it?

Very hierarchical: King near a god. Nobles, Priests, etc. buy 90% slaves or workers. Slavery not hereditary.

Trade and empire building meant they knew the region, the terrain, very well.

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Very few things happen at the right time, and the rest do not happen at all: the conscientious historian will correct these defects. ~Herodotus, The History of Herodotus

February 10th  1861Jefferson Davis is notified by telegraph that he has been chosen as provisional President of the Confederate States of America.

1939Spanish Civil War: The Nationalists conclude their conquest of Catalonia and seal the border with France.

1940 – The Soviet Union begins mass deportations of Polish citizens from occupied eastern Poland to Siberia.

1954 – United States President Dwight Eisenhower warns against United States intervention in Vietnam.

1962 – Captured American U2 spy-plane pilot Gary Powers is exchanged for captured Soviet spy Rudolf Abel.

Less than 500,000 people voted in NH, Hillary likely got more convention  delegates than Bernie!

19% of Americans Trust the Government (Pew research)

http://www.thenation.com/article/remembering-lucy-gonzales-parsons-international-womens-day/

WATCH DIRTY WARS ONLINE FOR FREE

http://putlocker.is/watch-dirty-wars-online-free-putlocker.html
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above, Ms Broadwell, General Petreaus’ paramour

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above, General Petreaus and the Kelley sisters ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Petraeus_scandal#Jill_Kelley)

above, Janet Napolitano, former boss of Homeland Security, now head of the UC system.

MaoTseTung-LongMarch

above, Mao Tse Tung on the “Long March”

Our Phantasmagoric Agenda #4

(No class on Monday!)

1. What is UP?

a. My list of questions we should address

Why is oil (or rubber) so important? Easy answer

How shall we treat religion? on syllabus

What is feudalism? soon

What is nationalism? done sufficiently?

What is capitalism? on syllabus

What is imperialism? on syllabus

What is racism? on syllabus

What is democracy? A republic? done sufficiently?

What/Why revolutions?

Why all the financial crises?

Why the Taliban, AQ, IS and the “Arab Spring” ?

What is the strategy of guerrilla war, or the “Fabian approach,” or the “war of the flea.” (Sun Tzu)

Whither China?

What of the USSR and Russia?

Vietnam?

Why have government?

What is socialism?

Communism?

Fascism?

How to go to college, and pick one?

b. What is up (more)

CIA director angered by questions about ‘spying’ on the Senate

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/cia-director-angered-by-questions-about-spying-on-the-senate/article/2582828

c. North Korea’s missile and nukes which came from?

2. How to think (well, how I think most of the time).

http://richgibson.com/diamatoutline.html

http://richgibson.com/scedialectical4.htm

3. Early MesoAmerica……what processes are developing? Social Relations (class, race–does it exist?–city state, sex/gender, culture (religion, art, music, etc–relations to nature?–production, reproduction, struggle for truth, and freedom?

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class 3

February 8th 1250Seventh Crusade: Crusaders engage Ayyubid forces in the Battle of Al Mansurah.

1865 – In the United States, Delaware voters reject the Thirteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, and vote to continue the practice of slavery. (Delaware finally ratifies the amendment on February 12, 1901.)

1915D. W. Griffith‘s controversial film The Birth of a Nation premieres in Los Angeles.

1968American civil rights movement: The Orangeburg massacre: An attack on black students from South Carolina State University who are protesting racial segregation at the town’s only bowling alley, leaves three or four dead in Orangeburg, South Carolina.

Our Phantasmagoric Agenda #3

1. What IS up?

a. The collapsing Peso   http://www.bajainsider.com/article/struggling-peso-mexico-sale-north-americans

c. Feminist Icons Scold young Women backing Sanders—“

Albright: “Women who don’t back Clinton deserve a special place in hell.”

Ms. Steinem, 81, one of the most famous spokeswomen of the feminist movement, took the sentiment a step further on Friday in an interview with the talk show host Bill Maher. Explaining that women tend to become more active in politics as they become older, she suggested that younger women were backing Mr. Sanders just so they could meet young men.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=omnskeu-puE

d. More like SWC accreditation warning  and more What’s Upses!

2. Questions regarding the syllabus, why have school and what is history.

3. What is the way out of Plato’s Cave?

4. The Master/Slave contradiction (in groups of 3 or  4).

5. On to Mexico via Cockroft, the CIA, and Arizona.

Pending Questions

Things change. How? Why?

What is Capitalism? Where did it come from? What next?

What is democracy? A republic?

What is imperialism?

Who are the Taliban, AQ, ISIS? Where did they come from? What are their goals? What is the US response?

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Class 2

“History does not eliminate grievances. It lays them down like landmines.” (A. N. Wilson)

February 3

1913 – The Sixteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution is ratified, authorizing the Federal government to impose and collect an income tax.

1917World War I: The United States breaks off diplomatic relations with Germany a day after the latter announced a new policy of unrestricted submarine warfare.

1930 –” Communist” Party of Vietnam is founded at a “Unification Conference” held in Kowloon, British Hong Kong.

Ho-Giap Standing

Ho Chi Minh (right) and General Giap

Johnson Peasant nationalism

1933Adolf Hitler announces that the expansion of Lebensraum into Eastern Europe, and its ruthless Germanisation, are the ultimate geopolitical objectives of Third Reich foreign policy.

Mussolini+hitler

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1959 – Deaths of rock and roll musicians Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and J. P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson, in a plane crash near Clear Lake, Iowa.

Our Phantasmagric Agenda Class 2

1. What is UP?

a. School Trustee Marne Foster Pleads Guilty To Misdemeanor, Resigns

http://www.voiceofsandiego.org/topics/education/what-brought-marne-foster-down/

A majority vote by UC San Diego’s Associated Students Council was needed Wednesday night for a Division I referendum to be brought to the students.

Students will vote whether or not to raise athletic fees by $480, over the course of three years. http://www.kpbs.org/news/2016/jan/28/ucsd-students-will-vote-move-division-i/

Bare minimum cost UCSD $25,200

We’re excited to announce The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution will premiere on PBS Independent Lens during Black History Month on Tuesday, February 16th at 9:00pm EST (check your local listings). Over the next few weeks, the film will travel with Indie Lens Pop-Up to participate in over 40 neighborhood conversations across the country. The Black Panthers is a historical documentary that enables deeper understanding of the contemporary social justice issues we face today. Tune-in with us on 2/16 and join the live conversation on Twitter via #BlackPanthersPBS. http://us1.campaign-archive2.com/?u=49ff31bd6a218e1de82e5b47a&id=a9e58d6246

Location: Valencia Park/Malcolm X Multipurpose Room

2. Quick Review of “Why Have School?”–examining contradictions and seeking the material base.

3. What is history?

Pending Questions

Things change. How? Why?

What is Capitalism? Where did it come from? What next?

What is democracy? A republic?

Who are the Taliban, AQ, ISIS? Where did they come from? What are their goals? What is the US response?

Class one

We can understand and change the world. How we think sets up what we do and what we do matters. (me).

February 1 1865 – President Abraham Lincoln signs the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution (abolished slavery).

1960 – Four black students stage the first of the Greensboro sit-ins at a lunch counter in Greensboro, North Carolina.

1968Vietnam War: The execution of Viet Cong officer Nguyễn Văn Lém by South Vietnamese National Police Chief Nguyễn Ngọc Loan is videotaped and photographed by Eddie Adams. This image helped build opposition to the Vietnam War.

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An invitation, link to history of the wars on Vietnam

http://www.richgibson.com/vietnam/

1979 – The Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini returns to Tehran, Iran after nearly 15 years of exile.

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Our Phantasmagoric Agenda

1. What’s up? Very brief today but more on Wednesday.

2.  Introductions: Gibson; Students, Gibson again

* Gibson, PhD Penn State, MA Labor History, Wayne State, MSW Wayne State,  Emeritus Professor San Diego State—Lecturer SWC.

*Students: Who are you? From where? Last school? Why take this class? Curious About?

*Gibson Part Two: Curious about—and then beautiful Detroit to San Diego

3. Why have school? An exercise in examining contradictions and finding a material base.

*What are the main things going on in school ?

*What are the main things going on in society?

*What might your answers have to do with each other?

http://www.richgibson.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/school-is-hell-3.jpg

4. Quick look at the syllabus and how to find it.

We will review it in detail on Wednesday. Two key points: This class moves very, very fast. Don’t fall behind. It will be nearly impossible to catch up. Review the plan on the syllabus, make a schedule and keep it.

Secondly, you are responsible for your own education. If someone stole your education, steal it back. Note that you have reading assignments: links on the syllabus!

Students and Teachers! The Unasked Question: Why Have School?

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