11 February 2015

A Thank You of Sorts... To Jon Stewart?

This link is time sensitive, sorry for that, but it essentially links to Jon Stewart saying he will be stepping down from the anchor desk of The Daily Show, in a few months.

Generally speaking I am very Luxembourgian in my reform vs revolution thinking, and capitalist apologizing liberals are not people I admire.  Stewart to my knowledge has never apologized for capitalism, and I honestly believe that leftist educators owe him a debt of gratitude. 

Many of my students over the years have got most, if not all of their national news from The Daily Show, and Jon Stewart (with his writing staff ) has never been kind to the absurdities (class based and otherwise) present in the American experience.  I honestly believe that many manifestations on the left, by academics or otherwise have been given more room to blossom by The Daily Show. 

For the cultural space fought for and often provided, in the minds of students, and in our society in general, a sincere thank you to Jon Stewart.  I prefer the world that you were a part of to one without you.  Best of Luck.

1 comment:

Mark Silverman said...

true enough...
although his comments around the time of the financial crisis were interesting. Something to the effect that these financial institutions don't actually make anything, while, say, GM at least makes cars.
Reminded me of RW's discussion of longstanding attacks on finance capitalism, implicit favoring of industrial capitalism...