Re: RARA-AVIS: Ethics of Noir

From: Kerry J. Schooley (
Date: 09 Nov 2005

At 09:04 AM 09/11/2005 -0800, you wrote:

>It is this trap, I think--this kind of dilemma--no way in, no way out--that
>noir has traditionally been about.
>"The twp-way trap"--as Thompson called it.

Yes, noir is about the way power works I think. It always corrupts but you can't fight corrupted power without it.

In my student days there was a sit-in at the university administration offices due to the sad condition of campus cafeterias. Rats and disorder owing to big construction projects. I went down for an evening but it seemed silly to occupy the dean's office over hamburgers. Some concessions were won, but I see the latest issue 45 years later is whether or not Coke should have the monopoly in campus pop machines in return for giving the University a big grant. Laugh or cry, anyone?

I've mentioned before on this list that I liked Sol Alinsky's point of view, that it's the ongoing process that counts and so he made a career of joining in on the side of the little guy. It's not a solution but it sure keeps a body busy for a lifetime.

Not that I've joined a lot of picket lines since. Mostly just shot off my mouth. Kerry

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