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Jeremy, Noah, Aidan,

and it CC is not able to give any money to “external political organizations.”

First, I wonder if this is a constitutional change since MassPIRG was a central organization on campus.

Next, my very specific problem with MassPIRG was that when I canvassed for them as a freshman, they conveniently chose to omit that the legislation I was canvassing would eliminate the use of radioisotopes in much of medical research in Cambridge.

My next problem, some time later, was their quasi-cultish “regional meeting” at Williams, supposedly to gather input for projects. There is no such think in MassPIRG; it is not a democratic organization; all policy is determined by the Party in Boston, and forced downward. And the Party is always right.


Excuse my far-sweeping over-generalization. I was amazed that I was the only Williams student not a Garfield Republican to sign the ’93 petition against PIRG’s funding method. That, in a few years, so much of the campus would suddenly care about this issue, and see it differently, was a wonderful little lesson in historical change.

The point is not whether MassPIRG is left or right; it was that PIRG is, despite all good intents… we know where good intents lead… a fundamentally undemocratic organization. An organization that could never consider that it might be wrong and that happy smiley faces and good intentions aren’t what it takes.

And the people over in the Garfield Republican believe (as I) fundamentally that the Rules of Order make the Republic. Too bad I didn’t spend more time with them, libertarian as I am.

That said, I can’t imagine a Williams without MassPIRG. And I am missing them at Williams tonight. Because, damn it, PIRG people could get things done. They could find a way to call 693 radio stations in 3 days, and post an appeal to 500 web lists. And they liked doing it.

PIRG was also a lesson in political effectiveness. In how things are done. A generation of Williams students grew up being taught those lessons– I oppose PIRG, but Williams students need to learn those lessons.

So do WKU (and VCU and George Mason). We need a democratic, non-partisan PIRG.

What’s the solution?

For the purposes of this email, and this post, I’ll call it a ConservaPIRG.

Who at Williams will create it?

And as for PIRG-like tasks, I need people to accomplish the kinds of things above. Where are they?

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