LORD CHUTER EDE: AN APPARENTLY CONFORMIST LIFE (ACTUALLY SPEAKING REBELLIOUSLY TO YOUR OWN GENERATION’S CRISES)

BY LARRY ILES

Bizarrest thing yet he’s ever done, in print, will be the sighing grievance moan of the likely very few who know anything about Lord Chuter Ede who lived into the early 1960s’ native Great Britain of both of us;just as it was, at last, transforming culturally The Avengers TV series style into today’s more recognition-strong modernity of country. Indeed., in some ways had he lived longer, I doubt whether Ede, a self often described “moderate socialist,”almost phobic anti-communist would have liked the late Princess Di, due to her fairly open sexual serial partners and even “anti-American “ land mines weaponry crusades. Sometimes, when I, myself, glance at portraits of the tall gawky, even rather ugly facially Ede, he reminds me all too painfully of what he partially in self-origination was,– the tough ex-schoolmaster. And it’s no accident that he was often a party Commons House Leader and Whip. He had been hence charged with party vote discipline enforcement in often black Machiavellian THE BOSS -like sinister arts against we natural dissidents.

Yet after now twice taking part inTSU’s Professor Barry Poyner Party Debates classes two consecutive 2013 semesters, as well as talking globally with your generation about the very real crises my elder ones are bequeathing you, funny enough, it’s Ede. As also in his core values, a protestor who most seems to fit what you, at your best, you should and can radically strive for in real social change. Because here is the proverbial rub: He not only surmounted similar odds. But he dared to sharingly ask, (as playwright George Bernard Shaw’s fellow LABOURITE and often US dynasty Kennedy-cited challenge-for-change interrogatory poser): Some people see, only, “the present” and resign themselves accordingly, but I see otherwise and ask, differently, “WHY NOT?”, to all this status quo.

Take the issues. TSU students, like most others worldwide, struggle’ agin lifelong horrendous debt. So did Ede, humble teacher from Surrey. This forced Ede NOT to complete his rare Oxbridge scholarship BA degree when parental and local authority bursary ran out. Job precariousness? Well, if Ede had kept to the norm, he would have faced deadened opportunities in drastic income-reduction and obscurity, as did his teacher short-lived wife confront the sexism then common both sides of the Atlantic and which forced lots of her profession to forfeit their jobs, just by their legally marrying. He compensated, by voluntary teacher union work, not so that he could go and have a national platform for their reconstructionist ideas on society culminating in the 1944 Education Act for which the wartime Churchill Coalition bears his name, attempting, if not successfully enough, to give even the poorest kid a formal secondary, if vocational free education, their own inherent entitlement right.

Then, finally, there is the “values” question whereby your generation is being asked to go backwards, rich men DAN QUAYLE-style. And you are also asked to become machismo tough, cruel in belt-tightening by we the very generations causing these alleged social breakdowns in the first instance. But Ede,often in antagonism to his own small “c” conservative environs, he as an MP sat for seats like Mitcham and South Shields in even today narrow Kirksville-like parochialism which withstood these “vested interest” batterings. So he refused to arm with guns the UK police, US-style, after WWII as Great Britain Home Secretary, precisely because he, already, rationally knew that such US bad practice led to more, not less violence. And that both the such arm them UK press and Police Federations, were greedy biassed parties, in an atmosphere which he already bemoaned for the“wreaking” of post-WWII men’s “violence pathologies.” He understood, all too well, and this dubious bad psychology of vengeance.

Looking, too, at the then prevalent UK death penalty, which this and last semester TSU Amnesty International and Social change students rightly strongly oppose and struggle against as Americans and as human rights organizations, Ede has been faulted for not actually abolishing it earlier in the UK, earlier than its late sixties actual erasure for the selective barbarity it brings to USA, China, Saudi Arabia where it remains. But truth was, he was the first Home Secretary UK to actually, long term, if temporarily “suspend it,” pending the study inquiry leading to its possible eventual abolition. And the shocking revelations of the next decade when journalists still with his youth-only membership in the radical Liberal party uncovered evidence of “wrongful hanging” persuaded him to become himself an outspoken abolitionist. Likewise, on religious intolerance, also like guns, there was a real backward recourse instinct, as there are even in 2014 the mighty American lobbies. Ede, although himself an anti-superstitious Unitarian, recalled his own impoverished parents given such stigmas for being “in a minority.” So he refused to ban Spiritualists as secular, let alone Church of England State Churches sought, claiming them to be mind-warping “cults”. Whilst he was prepared to, yes, stop any real excesses, he preferred, he said, “traditional English tolerance” and counter or rational dissuasion.

Ede was not a perfectionist, regarding people like yours truly on the Left of his party as “too wild.” But his determination to be non-conformist within apparently secure “safe” jobs, like ending up a Surrey Lord Lieutenant in Crown office title, a JP in local justice dispensation, barely hid his greater Radicalism. For instance, anciently, in self-love with a “commonwealth” idea of the environment, or green for all, he fiercely attacked private enterprise builders and “the rich” for trying to end the beautiful common lands of Epsom Downs and Roman northern Peninine walks we both love. Simply, he was a “Green” before his time because, as your generation is finding out, the comfortable right never give up repeating their follies in attempting to brainwash you into believing that a false no-change is possible, passifying so many of the public into a comfortable conformist sterility. Monitorees, so do counter them, if “all” Ede’s stealth resistance is “left” you. He proved stealth tactic can, if only sometimes, social change fructify, or work.

N.B: Any TSU or Kirksville community resident has a unique resource available at TSU Pickler Library. Many years ago, someone bought the entire blue and red book HANSARD Parliamentary debate collection of Liverpool City (The Beatles) Conservative Club. Not many UK, let alone US campuses have such open-access big print resources available to study EDE ecetera at flick-of-a-book literally, but instead have ONLINE alone access.

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November 18, 2013 · 10:50 am

What are you doing over Christmas Break? Why not– OCCUPY THE CAUCUS, DEC 27- JAN 3

by Olivia Sandbothe

I don’t know if you think often of the state just to the north of our town. I do because I’m from there but you, average Truman student, probably do not. Or you usually don’t. But now, for what may be the first time in your college career (unless, I suppose, you have had an urgent need to marry someone of your own sex, or collect bottle deposit returns), your proximity to the state of Iowa provides you with a unique and interesting opportunity.

Iowa will be holding its caucuses on January 3rd of next year. We are the very first state in the nominating process and when campaign season rolls around we get an awful lot of attention. I’m living in Des Moines this semester and I’ve already met several of the candidates in person. Come the end of the year and it gets absurd around here. On caucus day 2008, both CNN and CSPAN had cameras rolling within blocks of my house. There’s about a week when the mainstream political discussion leaves Washington and focuses entirely on what’s going on right here.

That’s why action in this state will be critical for any group that hopes to reshape our political discussion. Occupy Wall Street is blowing up right now but with winter approaching, a movement focused on outdoor living needs to look for creative new directions. Occupy Des Moines wants to keep the momentum going by taking the message that “We are the 99%” directly to the presidential campaigns. We want to be the first stop in a continual occupation of this election, starting here in Iowa and continuing on the New Hampshire, South Carolina, and beyond (cue Howard Dean scream). When the CNN cameras arrive on the ground to watch these candidates blow hot air, we want to be there in front of them, making our progressive message impossible to ignore.

The First in the Nation Caucus Occupation will be a week-long event from Dec. 27th to Jan. 3nd. We will not interfere with citizens’ right to vote. We DO plan to interfere with the big-budget farce that’s working its way across the early primary states as we speak. We will use our physical presence to disrupt the lazy media narrative that pretends that this is a strong and representative democracy and that fails to hold these candidates to any standard of truth, honesty, or ethical judgment. We will follow Romney and Bachmann and all the rest as they schmooze in hotel lobbies across the state. And of course, we’re planning to stick it to Obama too. We will march and we will sit in and we might even get arrested.* Think of the opportunities: wave to your mom on MSNBC, see Newt Gingrich in person and let him know how you feel, make sure that the victor’s celebratory press conference doesn’t go down without a ‘MIC CHECK!’ And just maybe, hopefully, end up forcing these guys to step back from disingenuous rhetoric and destructive policy and confront the real economic issues that we, the 99%, have to live with.

We have a diverse group of committed community members here in Des Moines planning the logistics of this thing. What we need now is people. Lots of them. People like YOU! Passionate and riled-up people from across the country and formally invited to visit our beautiful city and participate in a week (or a day) of occupation. Des Moines is an easy three-hour drive from Kirksville and it’s a fun place to visit with or without the media circus. Check out our website at http://occupythecaucus.org/ in coming weeks for information about rideshare and housing and for more information on our goals and tactics. Right now we are looking for professors and other at-large public intellectuals who would like to host teach-ins and workshops. We also need artists and musicians of all types who can make this as much a party as it is a resistance. If you think you can contribute in one of these ways, contact Stephen Toothman at stoothman@yahoo.com.

*If you don’t want to get arrested, we can pretty well guarantee you that you won’t be. Some of our events will involve civil disobedience, but most of them will be “safe.” We will provide civil disobedience training for anyone who wants it, but, fair warning, we can’t cover your legal fees.

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Rediscovering Home: Reflections on Living Abroad

 

 

 

by Kathrine Olsen-Flåte

The colors are strong, much stronger than the scent of pee. The traffic is wild and enchanting. The poverty is dark and grey, but made softer with the beautiful colors and happy smiles everywhere in New Delhi, India. I have now lived in New Delhi for over two months. I find myself feeling like New Delhi is my real new home, and I find myself trying to unwrap it’s complexities while commuting to and from work everyday.
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Thoreau’s Neckbeard

by Allison Staggner

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People Review: Ivan the Terrible

by Dylan Moir

Russian history is marred with violence and revolution.  We all know about the Bolshevik Revolution and the nasty work Stalin did on the Soviet Union, but initially, things weren’t all that bad…discounting the extreme fucking cold and complete lack of any arable land.
But seriously, in the glory days of Kiev and Novgorod the law codes stressed fines as the main form of punishment and the feudal system hadn’t been fully developed.  That’s right, peasants could actually go vacation in the Baltic if they had the luxury of knowing what that was.  Torture was for the most part an unfortunate cost of getting your sorry ass kicked in all-out warfare.  So naturally, things couldn’t get much worse, right?
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Piss Machines Sit Down With The Monitor

We Cum Blood

(above: Piss Machines “we cum blood”)

Local musical act Piss Machines blends assaultive noise with obtrusive performance in an often astonishing display of vulgarity. The two man-group performs with the tag line: “everyone is a piss machine,” and if you haven’t seen them yet you surely will and should. The Monitor sat down with Matt and Keenan to talk Piss Machines:

Keenan: What the fuck type of interview is this?
TM: What inspires your guys’ art?

Matt: Drugs.
Keenan:Yeah, drugs and anger, and also … trying to get bitches. I wanted to be the lead singer in a noise band ‘cause I thought that’s what girls liked and I thought I’d get hella poon-tang. So far not much poon-tang.
Matt: I do it because I’m pretty sure it makes me better than everyone else. That’s all that really matters.
Keenan: … we got free beer one time and that still motivates me to this day to do what I do.

TM: Where do you see Piss Machines headed? In a year, 5 years, and 10 years?

Keenan: One year: probably be black out about this time one year from now. Five years: I’ll probably still be black out, and then 10 years: Savvis Center in St. Louis. I imagine we’ll sell out the Savvis Center.
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