Today we will be inaugurating a new series at zomblog. Each post’s title will begin with the words “In Berkeley…” and then go on to describe a specific fact which makes Berkeley different from any other city in the country. The text of each post will then always start, “Berkeley is so left-wing…“, followed by a photo and an explanation.

I’ve got several of these already lined up, with more in the works. Barring any time-sensitive posts covering possible breaking current events, over the upcoming days and weeks every zomblog post will be an “In Berkeley…” post. Keep checking back for more!

A final note: In previous writings here at zombietime, I’ve said that I think the left-wing/right-wing dichotomy is no longer a meaningful way to describe the political spectrum; and yet here I am describing Berkeley as “left-wing.” The reason I’m doing this is that Berkeley is so stuck in the past that it still is left-wing — even while the rest of the world is moving toward a new paradigm. By pointing out how ludicrous Berkeley’s anachronistic leftist identity appears in the context of the modern world, perhaps I can knock some sense into a few people.

Anyway — look for the first installment later today, with many more to come.

16 Responses to “In Berkeley. . .: a new series at zomblog”

  1. 1CattusMagnus on Jun 18, 2009 at 11:58 am:

    So is it the dichotomy or the labels of right and left wing that you don’t like? Are the terms to antiquated being from the French revolution or something?

    I’m looking forward to the new series.

  2. 2zombie on Jun 18, 2009 at 12:31 pm:

    #1 CattusMagnus:

    I don’t like the fact that left/right is a simple uninflected dichotomy, and I also think that neither leftism nor rightism are coherent ideologies any more — much less the only ideologies in an overly simplified spectrum. I just think that it’s one of those now-absurd anachronistic remnants of the French Revolution which should have been jettisoned 8 years ago.

    I am planning a very long essay on this very topic later this year — if I ever find the time.

  3. 3Starless on Jun 18, 2009 at 1:55 pm:

    When saying “Berkeley is so left wing…”, do we do so in a “Yo momma so fat…” or a “You might be a redneck…” fashion?

  4. 4berserkster on Jun 18, 2009 at 2:03 pm:

    this blog is boring and not funny

  5. 5Anonycon on Jun 18, 2009 at 2:07 pm:

    Nice find Zombie

  6. 6king of the right wing on Jun 18, 2009 at 2:34 pm:

    BERKELEY IS A CRYSTAL CITADEL OF RIGHT WING VALUES, WHY ARE YOU SLANDERING ITS NAME YOU FIENDISH WHOREMOUTH

    GO BACK TO “NYC” WITH YOUR “POST-PARTISAN POLITICS”

    AND SUCK IT

  7. 7Starless on Jun 18, 2009 at 2:42 pm:

    It looks like the members of the Standing at the Back Dressed Stupidly and Looking Stupid Party have arrived.

  8. 8jeff on Jun 18, 2009 at 2:59 pm:

    “I’ve said that I think the left-wing/right-wing dichotomy is no longer a meaningful way to describe the political spectrum; and yet here I am describing Berkeley as “left-wing.” The reason I’m doing this is that Berkeley is so stuck in the past that it still is left-wing — even while the rest of the world is moving toward a new paradigm.”

    haha! nice semantics, zombie. seriously though, i totally agree. normally i find anachronism interesting, but i can’t stand the Berkeley far left scene.

    #3 Starless

    i think how it should work is that zombie says “Berkeley is so left wing..”, then we respond “how left wing is it”” and then zombie tells us and we laugh/feel ashamed to belong to the same species as the far left.

  9. 9moralpanic on Jun 18, 2009 at 3:04 pm:

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  10. 10moralpanic on Jun 18, 2009 at 3:14 pm:

  11. 11Starless on Jun 19, 2009 at 7:03 am:

    #8 Jeff

    Too much Johnny Carson, not enough culture war.

  12. 12average_guy on Jun 19, 2009 at 7:37 pm:

    #4 Berkster

    uh…..its not supposed to be funny….

  13. 13Anonymous on Jul 12, 2009 at 9:49 am:

    As for left/right- I prefer Jerry Pournelle’s axis.

    Ian

  14. 14Anonymous on Aug 20, 2009 at 5:41 am:

    Good Job Zombie, you put dignity back into journalism.

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