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Fall 2015 books

Today I start fall semester in the second year of the Master of Arts in Global Interaction at Cleveland State. I’ve got a 4.0 GPA, all signs point to keeping it (fingers crossed). I should graduate this coming spring, 2016. Should.

The MAGI program has an internship requirement of 150 hours, which I have spent much of the last year trying to fulfill, to no avail. Internships are hard to come by, especially if you’re overqualified with an ancient criminal conviction. I’ve stopped considering myself special in that regard – most of my classmates have the same difficulty getting anyone to not pay them for work. Cleveland isn’t the most internationally focused city, either, so there’s that.

So what did I do this summer? Since 2004, whenever I have this much time on my hands, I’ve blogged online about politics, and this summer was no exception. Thanks to Eugene McCormick at the Cleveland Leader, I had a pretty big platform to expose the Dickensian filth of marijuana legalization efforts in Ohio. Didn’t take much effort, having been around Ohio politics for so long. I suppose I could try to get all that work approved as my 150 hours, but it’s not really all that international.

If you scroll down a bit, you’ll see my other writing focus this summer was the Labour Party leadership contest. I kinda saw Jeremy Corbyn comin’; not Corbyn himself, but the movement behind him. Few did. The ideological blind spot our landed gentry lives behind couldn’t imagine anything other than Thatcherite “There Is No Alternative” neoliberal free market purism keeping hold of Labour.

I guess my summer was spent watching tectonic plates shift in our politics, delivering us Trump, Sanders, Corbyn. The CSU program is giving me a new perspective on just how ideologically rigged the world has become, even at the highest international levels. Ohio’s marijuana fight in 2015 gave me a grassroots, worm’s eye view of the same rigged game. So even though I never got my internship, I think I learned plenty.

Thanks again to everyone who helped…I promised I won’t let you down, trying as hard as I can to keep that promise. Time to hit the books.