It's the time of year again where every other person on campus is sick as hell. Monday afternoon I came down with something awful. I spent the rest of the day as well as most of Tuesday in bed, sleeping for over 12 hours. When I was up I spent time reading through Paul Avrich's Anarchist Voices. Bad idea. That book is like crack for me. It's full of oral histories from people who knew Goldman, Kropotkin, Berkman, Tucker, de Cleyre, Rocker, Labadie, and many others, and people who participated in anarchist colonies and Modern School movements. It's full of anecdotes and all sorts of stuff which makes me feel like I know these people personally. But I have so much shit I need to read for school that I shouldn't be dealing with all these distractions (at least not yet; this book will come in handy later on).
By Wednesday I was feeling a lot better, but I'm still in that daze which trails the flu. Before my Greek class that morning I caught Dr. Leahy in the hall. She introduced me to a friend of hers (also a comrade) who was visiting from Vermont. Even though I forget his name, I remember him telling me that where he lives is very close to Keene, NH. He told me the story of how he was arrested by the FBI for throwing golf balls on the White House lawn in protest back when Reagan was president. I thought he was pretty cool. Later on, Leahy told me that there's a seminar in June that she's probably going to take me to on radical politics. We're still waiting to see if my summer project has been approved yet.
Speaking of seminars, I'm in the midst of writing my talk on charity vs. solidarity for AltExpo. It should be done soon. Nick and I were going over the event via Skype this afternoon. Everything looks good except my means of transport, meaning I might have to shell out over $100 to get to Nashua from Westminster/Baltimore and back. It's going to be a fun time though so I'm not upset. Nick assured me that AltExpo, unlike Liberty Forum, is mainly comprised of people whose political/social views are very much like ours, so I shouldn't feel out-of-place at all. In fact, unlike having earfuls of, "the government is sooooo bad" in 40 different ways, the main ideas behind our event is to give people ideas on how to reshape our society and make them feel empowered. Also take into consideration that Liberty Forum costs over $200 to attend and has a habit of attracting "people in suits" (*cough cough* extremely vulgar corporate-funded top-down think tank members *cough cough cough*), as they say. But the left-libertarians in our crowd are welcoming. Nick even told me he wants to team up with others in that circle to turn Nashua into a libertarian socialist/left-libertarian version of Keene, only instead of challenging the state by smoking pot and running around naked in public they'll be creating an alternative economy. We'll see.