My Time as a Fellow Traveler: A Brief Memoir

One of my first serious relationships took place when I was doing my M.A., a couple of girlfriends before Mrs. M. She was a lefty, rebelling against wealthy parents and her prior membership in what amounted to a high school sorority. I already saw myself as a libertarian, and what I saw of many of my peers drove me further to the right. All the same… girlfriend, right?

So I found myself dragged to a meeting of some all-purpose lefty group or other, dedicated to solving all the world’s injustices. As it happened, they were also planning some sort of benefit concert, and I was in a band, so it was a gig, and besides… girlfriend, right?

My outstanding memory of it was that it reminded me of these guys:

“How much do we hate racism/poverty/sexism/[insert cause here]?”

“A lot!”

But hey, we played the benefit show because it was a club we hadn’t played before, and besides… well, you know.

About a month after that, she told me she had joined a group called Students for Peace and Justice. I couldn’t help it — I snickered. “What’s so funny?” she said.

“Do you really think anyone actively opposes those things? Is there some lurking group on campus called ‘Students for War and Iniquity’?”

We split up shortly thereafter.

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Dad, husband, mostly free individual, medievalist, writer, and drummer. "Gladly wolde he lerne and gladly teche."
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5 Responses to My Time as a Fellow Traveler: A Brief Memoir

  1. M. says:

    Wait, what? -Ayman al-Zawahiri

  2. nightfly says:

    It would have been fun to get another gig and just play songs *by* War.

  3. Pingback: A Dispatch from the Spawn | Professor Mondo

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