Thanks to all who worked on the new Mayday Group website. It looks great! Now, I can resume writing about rural music education: I was watching a Henry Giroux video recently where he spoke with Bill Moyers (http://billmoyers.com/segment/henry-giroux-on-zombie-politics/) about his new book, Zombie Politics and Culture in the Age of Casino Capitalism. There is much that I agree with regarding the need for critical thinking and critical pedagogy. However, I become somewhat uncomfortable when Giroux begins talking negatively about conservatism and anti-intellectualism. I get the feeling that he really doesn’t know these (often rural) folks. The people I know value tradition, family, freedom, and place. They are intelligent and caring. Modern technical rationality has done very little for them in the long run. It has, in fact, closed and/or consolidated their schools, pushed many families off of their family farms, and gutted many of their communities. And, the modern university and its intellectuals, catalysts for leftist, progressive, and Marxist thought, have facilitated the urbanization and modernization that has been so destructive to rural communities. They (we) have good reason to feel anti-intellectual; intellectuals have been anti-them (us). Wrote Marx and Engels in their Manifesto of the Communist Party: “The bourgeoisie has subjected the country to the rule of the towns. It has created enormous cities, has greatly increased the urban population as compared with the rural, and has thus rescued a considerable part of the population from the idiocy of rural life.” On the one hand, the new industrial, capitalist forces centralized control and robbed labor of its joy. On the other hand, it supposedly rescued rural people from their ignorance. This anti-rural bias among those who consider themselves intellectuals continues (their lack of humility being another strike against them among rural populations). That’s all I’m saying. It’s hard to be pro someone who is anti you (right?), even though a lot of what they think and say might make some sense.