Vietnam is not a place for reformers or dissidents — but it might very well be a harbinger of the future in Iraq and Afghanistan. If you choose to stare back into the Panopticon watching you in Vietnam, prepare for a serve and long-term punishment in return.
Bob Kerrey is under attack at New School “University” as their current president and I am leaping to his defense. Bob is a good son of Nebraska and he doesn’t take any guff and he isn’t good at having to put up with b.s. Those Midwestern values have served him well as a Medal of Honor winning Navy SEAL who left a leg in Vietnam, as Governor of Nebraska, as founder of multi-million dollar businesses and as a United States Senator. Those chits, however, are not enough to placate the crybaby faculty and whimpering student body at New School — and the problems with Bob’s leadership isn’t Bob it is in the anachronistic and infantile “university” he is trying to drag into the next century of learning.
We can learn a lot from television. Sometimes the best teaching comes when presented in a dramatic form. Soap Operas have been a stable of American television for fifty years and their very structure brings form to understanding.