Why Barbara Ehrenreich should not speak at Commencements

“Look, I’m really sorry about the mess my generation and your parents’ generation is leaving to you: the cruel economy, the bloody quagmire of US foreign and military policy, our threatened habitat. And I just want you to understand that we tried to do better – maybe not enough of us, maybe not hard enough – but we tried. And now you have to try, only with one big difference. For us it was matter of idealism, for you it’s a matter of survival.

“So, my final instruction to the class of 07: Go out there and raise hell!”
The Apocalypse is Yours Now, speech given at the Haverford College commencement on Sunday May 20, Barbara Ehrenreich’s blog, May 21, 2007

Sure, kids, go out an raise some hell, hey, according to Barb you’re doomed anyway because her generation sucked up anything worth having. Better to die on your feet than live on your knees or something.

Why do I read this woman’s blog? Why? There must be a reason.

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2 Responses to Why Barbara Ehrenreich should not speak at Commencements

  1. Elayne Riggs says:

    Thank you for saying this! That’s pretty much exactly my reaction to reading her speech. The woman may lead by example but her rhetoric is anything but inspiring.

  2. janinsanfran says:

    I’m going to disagree — partially. Barbara’s generation and mine (I not quite that old, but close) has really been acting as a sort of plug in the works of progress. I’m an organizational consultant to progressive non-profits and over and over I’ve tried to referee situations in which a new generation of leadership was driven out by founders who couldn’t envision the necessity to leave the field to new, energetic, imaginative young people.

    Thing is, it’s not about apologizing; it’s got to be about facilitating new leadership and offering inspiration. That’s the part about which I agree with you. And I read her blog too. 🙂

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