Wednesday, September 29, 2004
Commie Pinko Musings at 5 AM
I really enjoy Tom Tomorrow cartoons (like this one, "The Undecided Voter")and his website, This Modern World, is one of my favorite blogs. Recently he posted this article, which is supposedly in wide e-mail circulation. I didn't get one from one of my lefty buds yet, so I'll cross post a bit of it here and you should go to This Modern World to read the rest.
"A DAY IN THE LIFE OF JOE REPUBLICAN"It's sort of the mirror image of a cartoon I saw in the New Yorker many years ago, where an executive looking out of his office window at belching smokestacks tells his son not to give him any lip about polluting the environment because that pollution paid for his college education.
I think this resonates with me right now because I'm currently helping an outstanding Chinese student with a personal statement (a letter that's part of an application to go abroad to graduate school). She's an International Trade major, fascinated with both theoretical and practical economics to the point where she does research above and beyond her academic requirements. "I recognize there are no perfect answers to some of the questions in economics, she writes, "such as how to deal with the ethical components of economic development."
I'd say she's well ahead of the game. I hope the currently tight visa situation doesn't deprive her and other exceptional Chinese students of a chance to pursue graduate study in the west.
One more thought: In the first paragraph of the article, the reference to "commie liberal." That certainly takes on much more irony when you've lived for 2 years in modern China.
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