In case you didn’t pick up the Argus yesterday (or up to this point, for that matter), you probably didn’t get to see the rather interestingly formatted multi-singular-plural-whatever Wespeak penned by a number of Wesstudents (and an alum) speaking out against Scalia’s impending visit to Wesleyan.
Now, when it first came out, our Dear Leader Zach sent his flying monkeys to compel us Wesleying bloggers to pick up and comment on it. Unfortunately, in the last 12 hours or so, we did not. And it seems that an old friend, Mytheos Holt ’10 (pictured right), whom you may remember as Wesleyan Conservative extraordinaire and local troll-muffin, has beaten us to the chase.
Writing for the conservative online news and opinion platform The Blaze, Holt provides a considerable play-by-play of the Wespeaks. In an interesting turn that possibly had something to do with the editorial staff, it proved remarkably neutral for Holt’s standards.
Click here for Holt’s article, which conveniently links to the four Wespeaks that are up on the Argus website. If you’re interested in some choice morsels both within and without Holt’s article, check us out after the jump.
Also, what do you folks think about all anti-Scalia fist-waving? Sound out in the comments below.
With all the activism and discussion going on around campus recently, such as about race, upperclassmen might have had an empty feeling at the bottom of their stomachs. It wasn’t like this before. Something… maybe you didn’t know what… was missing from this political discussion compared to ones in previous years.
The answer is: Mytheos Holt ’10, the voice you could trust to always show a conservative/Republican point of view that horrified some Wesleyan students. He may be off campus, but he’s not going away. He has his own opinion on the Cardinal Conservative’s Affirmative Action Bake Sale, over at the National Review Online. Analyzing Prof. Potter’s email to one of the organizers of the bake sale, he concludes:
So let me get this straight. If a form of political speech might possibly offend minority students and their “allies” (whatever that means), that form of political speech is de facto racist, regardless of whether it relies on true premises, or makes a cogent point. This kind of reason-averse tribalism might be understandable from some junior, tenure-deprived pup looking to score points in her ethnic-studies department, but for a full, tenured professor in the history department to send this to a student (who I understand is an underclassman, to boot) is, well, just a little disturbingly overzealous.
I thought that when us 2010ers graduated, all the “do we publish this crazy thing about Mytheos or not, because if we don’t we’re ignoring a topic of genuine interest, but if we do we’re just feeding his egocentric love for campus drama” fuss here at Wesleying would go away. The realization that he really had been doing it in the name of controversy for controversy’s sake only solidified my relief that we wouldn’t have to deal with this again.
“Good job, Mytheos,” I thought. “You pulled off your insane media coup, dismissed liberal students’ lack of serious engagement with your columns as proof of political aloofness when really your arguments were so nonsensical that nobody knew where to begin, and inadvertently perhaps pulled off a weird kind of postmodern performance art.”
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The Ampersand, in a rare moment of clarity, was correct: this column is, and always has been, intended to troll the rest of the campus. Contrary to their interpretation, that does not meant that I, the author, am not a conservative Republican (I am). What it means is that I am not a self-important, pretentious, intellectually vapid idiot. You see, when this column was first conceived, it was conceived as a sort of satire in the tradition of Jonathan Swift’s “A Modest Proposal.” That is, while the conclusions I ended up reaching in the column were largely reflective of my own views on issues, the reasoning used to arrive at them, with a few rare exceptions, was designed to be a mirror—an uncharitable mirror—that I had meant to hold up to the utter lack of intellectual seriousness that was exhibited by-and-large by the Left-activist wing of this campus.
For much of you, this is probably a Sixth Sense-esque “now it all makes sense” (it’s a twist!). Others will most likely see this as a cop-out to cover the logical shortcomings in Holt’s writings (these people are simply wrong). Others will no doubt question Holt’s methods, pointing to the “real” damage his column did to the reputation of government professor Melayne Price (the original copy is on the ACB, while the Argus website still has the retraction and the studentresponses). Still others will pretend they knew all along. But no response will be as good as that of Jon Zamboni ’10,whopoints out the dialectal purpose of Holt’s trolling:
The 1856 election was an extremely controversial one, pitting Republican candidate John C. Fremont [above, left] against Democrat James Buchanan. The central issue of the election for many voters, and for Wesleyan’s Republican club in particular, was the proposed expansion of the institution of slavery into the territory of Kansas. Buchanan was known as a slavery expansionist, even supporting the annexation of Cuba for the purpose of building slave labor plantations there. Fremont ran on a free soil ticket, opposing the expansion of slavery to Kansas and Nebraska. In response to issues that they considered to be, “the most momentous presented to the American people since the adoption of the constitution,” a group of Wesleyan students founded the club on June 21, 1856.
The Wesleyan Republicans: fighting for democratic ideals like basic personal liberties and freedom from Obamacare since 1856.
Hey so it turns out that despite the record-breaking turnout for Giant Joint in this election (just 4 shy of 420 votes), and what appears to be a first-time, much-deserved victory for our old friend and perennial write-in, we might have a Birther scandal on our hands. Has anyone actually seen hir certificate of enrollment? Conspiracy!
Sadly, according to WSA officials, Giant Joint may not take hir rightful place on the WSA next semester as one of the seven Members-At Large unless ze is actually an enrolled student here.
Which would create a dilemma for the WSA if someone named Giant Joint actually showed up next semester. If any of the 416 Wesleyan Green Party voters are truly committed to the cause, you will legally change your name to Giant Joint over winter break.
Yes, GJ’s historic victory may effectively serve as a fuck-you to the student government. But if you can’t bring the establishment down from the outside, why not fuck shit up from the inside? Looking at you, human avatar of GJ’s spirit.
Also check out the full election results to see some of the more ridiculous write-ins – from many ridiculous misspellings of “giant joint”, to “giant spliff”, to “Mytheos Holt”, to “lady gaga”, it was a good semester for democracy.