Anarchy in the UC
Schmitt & Arendt is going to be an awesome course. The first week's readings were a bit difficult due to the subject matter (the romantic subject), but this week's book is good so far and I'm looking forward to the rest of the course.]
TAing is going well I suppose. My 9:00 section was much more lively than last week, but the 3:00 was the exact opposite of lively (deadly?). 10:00 was about the same as they had been the prior week. We were discussing anarchism and it was good to see the students attempting to grapple with the idea of people running their own lives. Mr.Fascist in the 10:00 is still holding strong, but at least there was conversation. In the end most of the students still thought that hierarchy was necessary, but a good deal of them thought that anarchism at least raised some good points (the ol' "it looks good on paper . . ." line). Also, 4 students raised their hands when asked if they would murder people if it weren't illegal, so watch out for those ones. Anyway, it looks like things are picking up with the whole discussion section thing and we'e about to jump into some of the heavier stuff (Machiavelli this coming week). We'll see how it goes.
Oh yeah, we have a theory reading group on Friday. I believe that the readings have to do with the role of the academic in society or something to that effect. I'll post more on that later.