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  •  The Wisconsin Idea in Action (7+ / 0-)

    I live in California now, but I love my home state.  The signs along Highway 14 are part of a great Wisconsin tradition. Frugality, intelligence, historical consciousness, independence.

    I grew up in West Allis in the '60s and my friends and I would go up to Madison to visit my cousin. There we saw The Fence.  This was the fence around the construction site that became the Humanities Building, home to be for Harvey Goldberg, William Appleman Williams and George Masse.

    The Humanities Building was one of the ugliest buildings ever constructed.  Fuck it.

    But The Fence was true Wisconsin spirit on display.  You had to see the graffiti to believe it.  Informed, caustic, funny, sarcastic.  Down to earth, smart no bullshit Midwest populism.  But also east coast red diaper (mostly Jewish) old AND new Left revolutionary ethic.

    It was a public and democratic work of art.  You could go back and watch as it evolved.  Or you could show up and argue about stuff with other people reading the fence.  Or you could share phone numbers and organize events.  

    Like a blog but more holistic.  People showed up and were together face to face.  The scene there became a party in and of itself.

    In a way, the Wisconsin Idea in action

    So to the folks organizing and painting along Highway 14, hats off.  And the same to noise of rain and his comrades in the light brigade.

    Way to go, Badgers.

    This aggression will not stand, man.

    by kaleidescope on Tue Apr 17, 2012 at 10:16:49 PM PDT

    •  "Like a blog but more holistic" (0+ / 0-)

      I love your comment, kaleidescope.  The description of the scene at the fence is wonderful.  And linking it to the Wisconsin Idea is very cool.

      For anyone who isn't familiar with the reference, here's the Wikipedia article for the Wisconsin Idea.

      Scott Walker's attacks really do reveal that he has no clue about the importance of this vision that has guided Wisconsin so well for so long.

      "Whether we and our politicians know it or not, Nature is party to all our deals and decisions, and she has more votes, a longer memory, and a sterner sense of justice than we do." — Wendell Berry

      by thea lake on Wed Apr 18, 2012 at 08:11:44 AM PDT

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