advice for our next VP External

Some advice to the next VP External Affairs. As a student society, we are pretty unique in that we elect the expert, rather than hire them, but they still have to do all of the things that are in this video. Noticeably absent from the video? Filing complaints to the United Nations. Actually, anything to do with the United Nations, or the generally ineffective realm of protest politics and end-goal lobbying. Incrementalism and next-step lobbying can be excruciating, but, as Max Weber said,

Politics is a strong and slow boring of hard boards.

Well, what he actually said was in German, but you get the picture.

Also, if you haven’t read this link on the Anti-Impeachment group, and you’re looking for a laugh, check it out. Apparently, there is nothing worse than the Fall of the Berlin Wall! I’ve written something up about this (because my honour has been insulted and I demand satisfaction!) but haven’t decided whether or not to post it yet. If I do, it’ll be up sometime tomorrow.


1 Response to “advice for our next VP External”

  1. 1 CL
    December 10, 2009 at 4:59 pm

    Attn: Matthew Naylor

    Dear Sir,

    Having followed to your words for the duration of this debacle, I am beyond disappointed by the Radical Beer Faction. It isn’t the beer part, more worryingly I don’t see any semblance of radical – and I’ve looked very, very hard. Perusing your blog, I do not see many comments that do not stoke your seemingly overinflated ego. Having read your docile and redundant report on student alienation, and noting your tendencies to self-aggrandize, pontificate and dramaticise, particularly on this very blog, I question if you have the intellect required to comprehend the word ‘Radical’.

    While I won’t be so asinine as to ask for your resignation in the misrepresentation of a ‘Radical’ faction, I implore you to consider another label so that new and impressionable students are less liable to be decieved into thinking that you represent anything of that sort at all. There are students attending our university, far more worthy of the “Radical” label than yourself, that you seem to regularly demonise.

    You aren’t the only one who can quote Weber off the intarwebz, either:

    “Daily and hourly, the politician inwardly has to overcome a quite trivial and all-too-human enemy: a quite vulgar vanity.”

    I fear that you have failed to overcome vulgar vanity. I further fear that you lack the honour to have the satisfaction of falling on your own sword. From your words and actions, I find that you are a disgrace to what the Radical Beer Faction may once have stood for.

    Have a good day.

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