[Marxism] Fwd: The Politics of the Academic Elite » CounterPunch: Tells the Facts, Names the Names

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Fri Apr 24 07:13:20 MDT 2015

April 19, 2015, marked by the publication of Prof. Michael Eric Dyson’s 
screed against his former mentor, Dr. Cornel West, in The New Republic, 
is a day that will live in mendacity. Reading the piece, which attacks 
West for his rejection of Obama and his activism in the name of human 
rights, was at times painful, enraging, and yet also to be expected. 
While Dyson has grown in stature as a black intellectual under the 
glowing auspices of the Obama administration, so too has his conformity. 
In the era of George W. Bush, he was able to sell himself as a 
well-spoken academic with a seemingly leftist agenda, using 
polysyllables and alliteration to stake out a claim for the validity of 
rap music as an expression of African American angst while denouncing 
the Republican agenda. But as the Obama administration proved to be 
hopeless and intent on enacting no change, Dyson was apt to play his 
cards right and curry favor with the White House.


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