New College of California

•February 20, 2013 • Leave a Comment

As a New College of California alumnus and former editor at the New College Independent Alumni Association, I — along with many others — was dismayed when our alma mater was closed by the U.S. Department of Education in 2007. Given the level of fraud and mismanagement of federal funds by the trustees of the school, it was inevitable but still heartbreaking for those of us who contributed to its finer points. 

 

In January 2008,  I published Waco on Valencia: Distressing Truths About New College, a compilation of selected articles, letters, stories and reports about the demise of New College of California. The documents in this anthology, publicly unavailable anywhere else in published form, tell the inside story of how the cabal of trustees, that comprised a cult of mismanagement under Peter Gabel, slowly over a fourteen year period managed to destroy what the community of San Francisco had so painstakingly constructed as a labor of love since 1971.

 

While the story initially broke in the San Francisco Bay Guardian in the mid-1990s, it took a bit longer for the cronyism and corruption under Gabel and his sycophants to finally do the school in. For historians and former students and faculty, Waco on Valencia attests to both the noble dream and sordid reality of a once marvelous institution.

Regime Change

•January 24, 2013 • Leave a Comment

Centre for the Study of Interventionism adds a useful focus to our scholarly repertoire. By examining such things as regime change, just war and humanitarian intervention, the centre parts the veils put in place by para-governmental NGOs and state propagandists. As US hegemonists attempt to pull the wool over our eyes using a human rights veneer for their aggression, research analysts at the centre add clarity to a murky situation.

Tax Evasion

•November 13, 2012 • Leave a Comment

The Tax Justice Network looks to be doing some public good exposing tax evasion.

Occupy 2012

•May 14, 2012 • Leave a Comment

If you’re trying to get your mind around the anti-austerity movement and the emerging new world order, Occupy 2012 is a good place to start. When it comes to pro-democracy mobilizations against neoliberalism, things aren’t as bleak as mainstream media would like you to think. As a matter of fact, we have a lot of friends out there, who are doing some amazing things.

Sami and Solidarity

•February 24, 2012 • 1 Comment

A hearty welcome to Galdu news.

Culture of Occupation

•February 21, 2012 • Leave a Comment

In their groundbreaking videos and articles, Wrong Kind of Green illuminates the ideological manipulations of industrial civilization. Using false front NGOs and unverifiable evidence, industrial propagandists promote such non-sequiturs as free-market environmentalism and humanitarian war. Amplifying these false claims at the UN, these false fronts and redacted reports are deployed in the destabilization of societies resistant to the neoliberal agenda.

From Canada to Libya to Iraq, defeating indigenous lifeways and cultures of resistance is tantamount to crimes against humanity–ironically, the very claim most loudly trumpeted by false fronts in the employ of industrial sycophants like the CIA and UN Human Rights Council. With such a formidable foe, the reality check provided by Wrong Kind of Green is indispensable, indeed, a cutting edge tool of resistance.

Consults Versus Interventions

•June 21, 2011 • 1 Comment

Interventions, like at New College or the anti-Indian battles, take a lot of energy and focus. Consults, however, can be as simple as introducing someone who is active to someone else who has specialized information or documents that can make all the difference. Correspondents, who let us know what’s going on, play an essential role in that.

College students I have spoken with as a guest presenter are initially dazed by the reality we inhabit, combing the alleyways of public affairs for villains. But I also show them how we confronted and defeated evil with a handful of people and the proceeds from a couple of garage sales. They think that’s pretty cool, and once in a while I get a note from somewhere saying our help worked when they ventured for themselves into social conflict.

The times we actually saved the lives of activists by getting the goods on vigilantes made it all worthwhile. Knowing there are young people out there running down evil warms our hearts.

 
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