Justin Raimondo to Speak at WCSU on Antiwar Movement.

$1,000 Prize for the Most Thoughtful Essay

Update (11/20/10):

Deadline for Essay Submission Extended to December 8. See announcement here:  Announcement of Essay Deadline Extension.

Original Post [updated 11/20/10]:

Program Description

WHEN:  November 10, 2010, 6:30 to 8:30.

WHERE:  WCSU Westside Classroom Building, 43 Lake Ave. Ext, Danbury, CT, WS Room 218 (President’s Reception Room).

TOPIC:  The future of the American antiwar movement and why we should care.

PRIZE:  $1,000  for most thoughtful essay.

NO ADMISSION CHARGE

FOR PROGRAM FLYER CLICK HERE: Program Flyer.

We have invited Justin Raimondo, Editor and co-founder of Antiwar.com and author of Reclaiming the American Right: The Lost Legacy of the Conservative Movement, to speak at a program sponsored by the WCSU Social Sciences Department on November 10 at the Western Connecticut State University Westside Campus. His topic will be the current status and future of the American antiwar movement and why we should care.

The members of the Ridgefield Liberty Cooperative (“RLC”) are offering a $1,000 prize to the student who submits the most thoughtful essay (maximum 300 words) on Mr. Raimondo’s topic.  We encourage participation from students representing all points of view.

Mr. Raimondo says:

“Both parties, being creatures of Washington, believe that the inhabitants of the Imperial City know what’s best for the world, and are entirely qualified to run it, sending troops hither and thither to repress native revolts with the same hubristic disdain they display for the folks at home.  We are all peons to them.

…[T]he taxpayers have shelled out a whopping $1 trillion for combat operations and other war related activities in the past nine years……[B]oth parties have a vested interest in ensuring that they [ordinary Americans] never wake up to the fact that our empire is a major cause of our economic woes. ”

That’s direct; we know where Justin stands!  And he is not shy about expressing his disappointment with the “anti-war left” which he believes has abandoned its “long tradition of left-wing anti-interventionism.”

Justin has his reasons.  We believe you will be interested to hear them and his analysis of the future of the anti-war movement.  Join us on November 10 and take advantage of the after-lecture Question and Answer period to let us know what you think.

Sponsors:  The program is sponsored by the Social Sciences Department of Western Connecticut State University and members of the Ridgefield Liberty Cooperative.

Prize for Best Essay

The student who submits the most thoughtful essay on Mr. Raimondo’s topic will win $1,000 (see “Challenge to Students” below).  Attendance at the November 10 program is not required.

The Challenge to Students

As part of the program,  we are offering a prize of $1,000 to the student who submits what our judges determine to be the most thoughtful essay on Mr. Raimondo’s topic.  We are inviting all the Danbury/Ridgefield, Connecticut, area high schools and colleges to participate but there are no geographical restrictions. Students from anywhere may submit essays.

Submit essays to Ridgefield Liberty Cooperative c/o Richard S. Land (business 203-744-1929 and home 203-438-9814) at rsl@danburylaw.com by midnight on Wednesday December 8 [Update dtd 11/20/10: the deadline for submission of essays has been extended to December 8 from the original deadline of December 1] (300 word limit).  We plan to announce the winner on December 17, 2010 [Update dtd 11/20/10: the new target date for announcing the winner is December 17 from the original target date of December 10].  We suggest that you check our web site periodically after the event for more information.

We request that essays be less than 300 words. We reserve the right to disqualify (or return for revision) essays that exceed 300 words.  Although clear and concise writing is reflective of careful thought, this is not a writing contest.  A masterfully written superficial treatment will not win.

If you attend the November 10 program, you may have an advantage by participating in the Q&A period, but attendance is not required.  A video of the program will be posted at the RLC web site shortly after the event.  Let us know that you are interested (by email) and we will notify you when the video is posted.  [Update dtd 11/20/10:  The video was posted on 11/19/10.  For the link to the video, go here: Announcement of Essay Deadline Extension and Link to Video.]

See our flyer on the event here:  Program Flyer.

Collaboration: We encourage you to collaborate with parents, teachers, friends, neighbors and others when preparing your essays.

Conditions [updated 11/20/10]

The $1,000 prize will be awarded only if we receive at least one bona fide essay from 10 different students. A student may submit more than one essay but no more than three essays per student. The judges, in their sole discretion, will determine what essays are deemed to be bona fide. After December 8, we plan to post bona fide essays that have been received. When submitting an essay, a student should include identifying information and the name and address of the school he or she attends. Students who are schooled at home are welcome but we request some verification that the person submitting an essay is actually a student. The judges’ determination on a person’s status as a high school or college student will be final.

Details Regarding Submission of Essays (Due 12/8/10) [updated 11/20/10]

Essays must be submitted in writing to the Ridgefield Liberty Cooperative c/o Richard S. Land (business 203-744-1929; home 203-438-9814) at rsl@danburylaw.com by midnight, December 8.   We suggest that you check our web site periodically after the event for updates and additional information.

If the essay is being submitted by mail, address it to Ridgefield Liberty Cooperative c/o Richard S. Land, Chipman, Mazzucco, Land & Pennarola, LLC, 30 Main Street, Danbury, Ct 06810. If receipt of an essay is not acknowledged, the student should follow-up until receipt is acknowledged (in case of email malfunction or interception by a spam filter).

Submit your essay on line to rsl@danburylaw.com.

Judges

The panel judging the essays includes WCSU faculty, authors, high school principals and teachers, professionals, and journalists.  We want the panel to represent diverse perspectives so that the panel is not controlled by any particular ideology.  See the makeup of the panel and an explanation of the judging process here: Panel of Judges and Explanation of Judging Process.

To assure objectivity in judging, the essays will be submitted to the judges without the author’s name or other information that might offer a clue to the author’s identity. We plan to announce the winner on December 10.  Announcement of the winner may be postponed, however, if posting the video to the web is delayed.  We suggest that you check our web site periodically after the event for more information.

Essays from Non-students

Anyone, including non-students, may submit an essay but only students will be eligible for the $1,000 prize.

After December 8, we will post all bona fide essays to this site. The judges, in their sole discretion, will determine what essays are deemed to be bona fide.

Producer

The producer for this event is the Ridgefield Liberty Cooperative.

Resources

Students may wish to read one or more of the following books on the topic while preparing their essays:  (1) The Sorrows of Empire: Militarism, Secrecy and the End of the Republic by Chalmers Johnson; (2)  Colossus, The Rise and Fall of the American Empire, by Niall Ferguson; (3) Wall Street, Banks, and American Foreign Policyby Murray Rothbard; (4) The Shadow Factoryby James Bamford; (5) Dying to Win, The Strategic Logic of Suicide Terrorismby Robert Pape; (6) The Complex, How the Military Invades Our Everyday Livesby Nick Turse; (7) Nemesis: The Last Days of the American Republic by Chalmers Johnson; (8) Blowback: The Costs and Consequences of American Empire by Chalmers Johnson; (9) The Limits of Power: The End of American Exceptionalismby Andrew Bacevich; and (10) Washington Rules: America’s Path to Permanent Warby Andrew Bacevich.  Of course, also see Justin Raimondo’s Reclaiming the American Right: The Lost Legacy of the Conservative Movement.

Other Important Details [updated 11/20/10]

Program Location:  Western Connecticut State University, Westside Classroom Building, WS Room 218 (President’s Reception Room), 43 Lake Avenue Extension Danbury, Connecticut.

Event Time: 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM, November 10 (Wednesday), 2010.  Doors open at 6:00.

Admission Price: No Charge.

Essay Submission Deadline: Midnight December 8, 2010.

Announcement of Essay Contest Winner: Target Date, December 17, 2010.


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