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The short feature that will precede the main (B-movie lol-fest) of my inaugural. Maybe on Blue Monday 2013. To be taken with Radiohead, 2+2=5 (The Lukewarm), for instance here: ...

The short feature that will precede the main (B-movie lol-fest) of my inaugural. Maybe on Blue Monday 2013. To be taken with Radiohead, 2+2=5 (The Lukewarm), for instance here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lstDdzedgcE

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  • 1. 2+2=5: The University and the Secular Crisis Professor Richard Hall t: @hallymk1 e: rhall1@dmu.ac.uk w: richard-hall.org
  • 2. 1. Our labour and our society are folded inside a systemic, historical crisis of capitalism. This secular crisis demands a political return. 1. Historical, socialised value is being accumulated through commodification and coercion. There is no alternative. 1. The University is a central site of struggle over our past, in our present, and for our future. What is to be done?
  • 3. Are you such a dreamer To put the world to rights? I'll stay home forever Where two and two always makes a five 2+2=5 (The Lukewarm). 2003. Radiohead.
  • 4. It's the devil's way now There is no way out You can scream and you can shout It is too late now Because you have not been paying attention 2+2=5 (The Lukewarm). 2003. Radiohead.
  • 5. pay attention
  • 6. there is no alternative
  • 7. Debt is a way of life. "Anyone put off... university by fear of... debt doesn’t deserve to be at university in the first place” Michael Gove, quoted at Next Left: http://bit.ly/foMuBQ
  • 8. See: http://zd.net/oE0oq3
  • 9. “At the heart of it all is a new sociological type: the graduate with no future”. Mason, P. 2010. why it is kicking off everywhere
  • 10. This presentation is unlicensed. This presentation wants to be free. This presentation contains no Fluoxetine, Amitriptyline or Lorazepam. It is not to be taken once-a-day with water. This presentation will not give you a future that works. This presentation is against silence and silencing. This presentation wants to believe that 2+2 might equal 4. This presentation thinks that we should all watch: http://bit.ly/137PaHD This presentation wants to know, what do you want to be?