Neil Gaiman Speaks at the Alternative Graduation Held at a College Resisting Ron DeSantis’ Hostile Takeover

His presidential campaign has ended before it started. But Ron DeSantis is the last to know it. And so he continues pandering to Trump’s base. After shipping migrants to Martha’s Vineyard, the Florida governor now picks costly fights with Disney, his state’s second largest employer; bans books in Florida public schools; and exerts political pressure on the state’s public colleges and universities.

At the New College of Florida, DeSantis is using the cudgel of government to transform a traditional liberal arts college into a conservative-leaning institution. If you’re not following what’s happening at New College, read this profile in The New Yorker. The article will help set the stage for the video above.

There, you will see author Neil Gaiman speaking at an alternative graduation arranged by New College students. Not wanting to participate in the official graduation architected by the school’s new conservative bosses (the event featured Scott Atlas, the radiologist who became Trump’s controversial Covid “expert,” how inspiring!), the students arranged an alt graduation and invited Gaiman to speak via video. Through a personal story, The Sandman author reminded the students of the liberal arts values that undergird the school, and left students with some timely advice: “You must fight for what you believe to be right while never losing your sense of humor or your sense of proportion.” Here’s to hoping that New College outlasts the erstwhile presidential contender.

via BoingBoing

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  • E says:

    I’ve always felt Neil Gaiman is overrated, but after he came out against (and, by extension, libraries) I can’t take anything he says about free and open education seriously.

  • Bob Hovey says:

    Gaiman did not come out against, he (and other authors) came out against the group of publishers who sued in an effort to curtail their lending practices.

  • E says:

    Wow, I don’t know how I made such a mistake — I read some time ago an article in a respectable outlet with quotes from famous authors, including Gaiman, seemingly in support of the lawsuit, but now when I Google it it seems he in fact signed a petition against the lawsuit. I guess my reading comprehension was particularly low that day or maybe the article was sensationalist/misleading, but in either case I regret the error. I’m glad to have gotten it straight now and I’m sorry to have libeled him!

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