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Name That Goon

By Rebecca Wolff

It took me about two seconds to name the unexpected speaking voice of poet/critic/professor Joshua Clover as I flicked past the NPR station. I flicked back. He was being interviewed because today he’s going on strike! Or at least walking out. We wish him well.

Comments (14)

  • On September 24, 2009 at 10:36 am Wilmer Dukes wrote:

    Odd that bourgeois institutions are now so important to him.

  • On September 24, 2009 at 12:04 pm Bobby wrote:

    Yes, Doodle, I mean Wilmer, can you imagine the hypocrisy? I mean, everyone knows that collective bargaining and teacher-student solidarity are the hallmarks of the bourgeois spirit.

  • On September 24, 2009 at 12:10 pm Wilmer Dukes wrote:

    Indeed they are, Robert P.!

  • On September 24, 2009 at 1:15 pm Arnold wrote:

    Affecting change the Facebook way:

    “___ is in solidarity with the 9/24 University of California system-wide walk-out, and against the further privatization of the public university system. If you are too, make this your status for the rest of the day

  • On September 24, 2009 at 1:33 pm Don Share wrote:

    Some articles on this with quotes from Clover can be found here and here.

  • On September 24, 2009 at 2:35 pm Miriam Levine wrote:

    I believe a goon is someone who breaks a strike. This guy is sticking with the union.

  • On September 24, 2009 at 2:41 pm Rebecca Wolff wrote:

    Name That Yoon-

    yun organizer

    didn’t sound as funny to me for some reason.

  • On September 24, 2009 at 4:00 pm Jill wrote:

    Funny isn’t really the first thing that comes to mind as a goal in this situation.

  • On September 24, 2009 at 4:17 pm Don Share wrote:

    Joshua makes this important point in the transcript of the NPR story Rebecca links to above: “One thing I should stress is we’re not technically on strike since the faculty are not unionized. But we are walking out.”

  • On September 24, 2009 at 6:40 pm Rebecca Wolff wrote:

    I was so hoping someone would correct me on that one.

  • On September 25, 2009 at 2:13 am Jennifer Epstein wrote:

    No, goons are the ones who intimidate by threatening force…also Alice from Popeye.

  • On September 25, 2009 at 10:40 am Linda wrote:

    Masked protesters take over UCSC. Read it here:


  • On September 25, 2009 at 4:41 pm jennifer epstein wrote:

    …and scabs are the workers who cross picket lines.

  • On September 30, 2009 at 2:13 pm Teri G. wrote:

    Still occupied. Now with Dance Party!


Posted in Uncategorized on Thursday, September 24th, 2009 by Rebecca Wolff.