Well, Duke lost, the Stormy Daniels interview was interesting but somewhat disappointing, and I decided to make today’s lecture the last in the series. So much for anticipation.
I must confess I liked Stephanie Daniels. She came across as tough, pulled together, and utterly in charge of her life, a stand up kind of person, unlike Trump. It will be very interesting to see how this plays out.
Today’s lecture will be my thirtieth videotaped YouTube lecture, a considerable pedagogical effort when you think about it. Even if you have not seen the first six Marx lectures, you might want to watch this one, because it will follow a line of argument that no one else, to my knowledge, has ever developed concerning Marx.
Three weeks from now I will begin a short six week course of lectures here at Carolina Meadows under the auspices of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute branch at Duke, an Introduction to the Dialogues of Plato. Then back to Paris for the Brussels lecture, after which I will prepare for my Fall Columbia course.
I am about to score an enormous triumph here at Carolina Meadows, a first for me: I will next month be elected to serve for two years as the Precinct Representative of Building Five. How do I know I will win the election? Because I am the only candidate. I tried this once before in 1977, when I put my name in for one of two at-large seats on the Northampton, Massachusetts School Committee. I had heard on the radio that there were no candidates, and with two seats I thought I could win running unopposed. But after I threw my hat in the ring, two other folks did also, and it was a real race. I played up the fact that I was the Cubmaster of the local Cub Scout Pack and also a veteran of the Massachusetts National Guard, but when the votes were counted, I had run third, losing by 16 votes. A recount cut my loss to 12 votes, but there it was. So unless one of my neighbors in Building Five decides to make a run, I will, at eighty-four, finally fulfill my lifelong ambition to win an election.