The title for this blog comes from Hemingway’s For Whom the Bell Tolls: “If we win here we will win everywhere. The world is a fine place and worth the fighting for”, Robert Jordan thinks towards the conclusion of the novel. And so it is—or we hope it to be so at least. But, they did not win there. And, the fight is still on whether we speak up or not; if we don’t do it, someone else will do it for us.
The idea for “…and worth the fighting for…” sat around for a long time. Originally, it was conceived of as a space whereby each contributor would take his or her own take on Hemingway’s quote (though clearly not his idea alone) whether writing on education, public policy, feminism, race, pop culture, praxis, literature, civil rights, history, economics, film, militarism, or any other area that we might stumble upon along the way. The blog holds that politics is active everywhere, in all spheres, so it is redundant to name it as its own category. Any topic is up for grabs, hopefully with an eye, however distant, towards eventual praxis. Though this, too, is up for discussion—which is perhaps the sole unifying theme.
I do not mean at all to take credit for the blog as it is; it will be fully, and only, the product of its contributors. Thus far we have an excellent and noteworthy group (save for one lowly history graduate student)—individuals with knowledge in areas ranging from classics to cultural studies to economics, to name only a few. Finding people and convincing them that they want to write here will be ongoing. Persuading them that it will be insightful, helpful, fun, interesting, and, possibly, important (to those of us engaged in it at the least) is now up to us.
The post of each author is the individual’s alone and collaboration is welcome. Outside submissions are welcome. The idea is to try out that idea you’ve had knocking around in your head for a while, run through a current thought on politics, write a film or book review, or just comment on what you think of the day’s events in a space that is free, safe, thoughtful, and critically engaging.
Ultimately, this is place for rigorous, radical thought in the hope of spurring conscious change of thought, then action.
And, welcome to “…and worth the fighting for…”