|| Who is Newmov ?
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I a moment, two men step in, the INTERVIEWER, and the interviewee, PROF. NEWMOV.
They sit at the table, the camera starts rolling, and the interview begins.
INTERVIEWER: Welcome back to the show ! In case you’ve just tuned in, by name’s Clark Lewis, and you are watching “Ideas”, the programme where ideas in this present day and time are changing the world as we speak.
Today, in our studio, we have one of the greatest and most important personalities in our time, this 21st century. This man had survived the second Communist revolution, and escaped to America, where he lived for as an adolescent, before travelling to Oxford, where he studied as a tween. Shortly afterwards, he returned to America to teach, and finally, chose to live in Space when the Space Elevator in Australia was finally complete. Shortly after the Fashoda II crisis, based upon his own desire for a safe haven for academics and intellectuals alike, he convinced the UN to help him build what we now consider the greatest institute in education; gentlemen, if you please ! Prof. John Newmov !!
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JOHN NEWMOV: Thank you, Mr. Lewis. I find it a great pleasure to be here.
INTERVIEWER: Not so great a pleasure as to have YOU down here, in our very studio ! I mean, founder of the greatest institute in known Humanity, and the stuff that legends are made off, it’s enough to ask why you did it !
JOHN NEWMOV: Greatest, eh ? I hardly think it is. For me, the greatest was Oxbridge and Harvard, which, as you know, was both transported to my university, though some of their more native colleges, primarily those of English literature and American literature (respectively) stick to their own homes (and those are their best bits). And that’s not forgetting the hundreds of new universities in the Germanic region of the newly formed United States of Europe. I tell you, that Mazzini chap is clever…. I hope the EU succeeds once and for all.
INTERVIEWER: And yes, speaking of EU…. You yourself was born during the Second Communist Revolution. I’m sure those times are hard, and impacted you greatly.
JOHN NEWMOV: Were they ? I can hardly even remember them !
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JOHN NEWMOV: But, what I do remember, were the essential bits.
INTERVIEWER: The cruel fist of totalitarian rule ?
JOHN NEWMOV: I think people take Communism a bit to harsh these days. I don’t blame them; they have an ideology that is adverse to mutual existence - wanting to convert the world, imagine that ! - as well as a system that begins with a dictatorship, as opposed to democracy, I can’t see who wouldn’t be frightened ! But, ultimately, people were too hard on Communism, or at least that’s what I think. If anything Communism is important to me.
INTERVIEWER: That’s an ironic statement, coming from someone as freedom-loving as you.
JOHN NEWMOV: Do not forget that, within my university, Communists exists, though these are peace-loving intellectuals who have ideas, and live their lives debating with other intellectuals, and furthering their ideas by trying to think new things.
If anything, what bothers me is the stigma most people give to Communists; I imagine that the natura impression of Russia is never as a country, but always as some overbearing force that just can‘t fit in the world. I cannot forget the one time there was this cartoon of a huge old female peasant, made to represent Russia, that was holding an old military uniform, and was trying to put on a business suit; the cartoon was trying to make it suggest that Russia was not suited to anything but being just a poor country !
But, to get to point; the Second Communist Revolution was a challenge.
INTERVIEWER: A challenge ? In what way ?
JOHN NEWMOV: Well, *cough*, at the end of the 20th century, a book came out by Francis Fukuyama, just after the fall of the Berlin Wall that stated that, with the supposed death of Communism, ‘History had ended’ !
INTERVIEWER: History ended ? Why, that’s blasphemy ! What of September the 11th ? What about Williams the Space Whale ? Or the Second Communist Revolution ? Or the rapid advancement into space ?!!
JOHN NEWMOV: You must understand…. Fukuyama was speaking in a Hegelian point of view. But I’ll get to that later. Suffice to say was that Fukuyama believed the democracy was now the only road left to Truth, which was challenged by the Communists. Even Vladimir Putin -
INTERVIEWER: Just to cut short, for a while, Putin started the thing, didn’t he ?
JOHN NEW MOV: No he didn’t. It’s a fabrication, but with an ounce of truth to it. Putin was responsible for starting the Revolution AFTER his death.
As I was going to say, just before his death, one of his last speeches - not sure which one, I have to check my notes, as it was before I was born - made a reference to Lenin. I remember the quote quite well:'It is impossible completely to read Marx, without reading Hegel. In fact, two centuries later, Marxists don't know Marx !"
Lenin was not some run-of-the-mill revolutionary who wanted revenge for the death of his brother, Sasha, at the hand of Tsarist forces, nor was he a mindless killer who subjected people to totalitarian rules. Rather, Lenin was thinker and leader; more the former then the latter, but he was a visionary. He was not only a thinker, and an actor, as shown in his great athletic ability. And the fact remains that, though he was a revolutionary first, he was also a philosopher. And, this, interestingly, was what Putin was…. Though he did it such that he arranged the revolution to take place after his death. Then again, that’s just a conspiracy theory; we’ll never know if Putin was truly a Communist, or if he just admired Lenin
INTERVIEWER: That reminds me; how DID you leave Russia ?
JOHN NEWMOV: It’s a funny story, really……. It was my parents who were escaping the country, and I was arranged to live with my own relatives. One would think that y parents were harsh, but they did it out of their own safety; they wouldn’t know if they could support themselves, let alone me, in an outside environment, on such low funds. Ironically, however, I managed to stowaway on the very ship they were taking (cheap cruises, as you know, were increasingly popular as an alternative to aircraft flights earlier this century), and eventually, I reached America, with my own family. It was a real risk.
INTERVIEWER: And a risk worth taking ! Look at you now !
JOHN NEWMOV: Maybe so, but my father was worried at the time. Had he not succeeded in getting a job in a school, I would not have made it at all. I thank God for the support my parents gave me all this years, till their last days.
INTERVIEWER: Your times in America, your days in school, what were they like ?
JOHN NEWMOV: Boring, really. I could tell anyone about my adolescence; it was nonchalant. Alright, that’s a lie: they were not my best years. I did far better when I left. What I do remember, however, was that I was far smarter when I was older than when I was a teen: I think anyone who tries to treat adolescents like adults is greatly mistaken. After all, I was one big bum !
If anything, it wasn’t until I reached Oxbridge that my ideas just started changing.
INTERVIEWER: Tell us of your times in Oxford and Cambridge.
JOHN NEWMOV: I’m sure the audience is familiar with my younger brother, born in America, Mikhail Newmov. He’s a Communist, too, but he’s also a devout orthodox Christian, and a stalwart defender of democracy and communism.
You see, my brother believes that Communism can only be achieved, if the revolution towards it aims first, not for a dictatorship, but for a democracy, with an economy that’s still planned, but at the same time, allowed to mingle with the free market. And, if anything, the introduction of a religion that tries to elevate Humanity, as seen in the examples of the National Convention, and Comte, is flawed . Just read William Golding to confirm this.
INTERVIEWER: I trust that you met people like this in your university days ?
JOHN NEWMOV: Actually before then; even in High School, I was familiar with particularly eccentric, but incredibly bright people; people who may never become as famous as, say, Kant, but had ideas that could last for ages.
And, yes, I met those kinds of people in university. Even when I went to Harvrad to continue teaching, the individuals I met were the sort that you just don’t get anywhere.
INTERVIEWER: Truly profound; and that’s why you builty Olmpus Mons ?
JOHN NEWMOV: In truth, the real credit has to go to a friend I made in Harvard. He was a Greek, born in America, and he went by the name of Conchis, though that was really his nickname. He was a really interesting individual, deeply interested in post humanism, as opposed to everyone else on the campus ! Despite our differences, we got along quite well, and one day, when I told him about my dream for the ultimate university, he said: why not make it happen ? So, I did.
INTERVIEWER: And I wonder…. Why Olympus Mons ? The Americans and the French were fighting for that site.
JOHN NEWMOV: Mt. Olympus, in Old Greece, was the Home of the Gods. It was not the Highest mountain, but, to them it was, and it was fitting to make it the home of the Gods. Here, we have the Highest Mountain in our system, and we consecrate one idea here: Education. It is not a God, but it is, in and of itself, divine.
The bickering between the French and the Americans was just that; bickering. The Americans can go ahead and talk about how they ‘won’ the mountain, while the French can go ahead and call them bastards. In fact, I think the battle at the site, being re-enacted ever year is pointless, though the WDMD think it’s essential, as it was the only battle ever done in space suits, so I let them be.
INTERVIEWER: And your university excels, even up till now, I mean, where did you get all the funding for all this
JOHN NEWMOV: It was a worldwide effort, and I had a bit of spare cash. The university is still young, and only the second batch of graduates are coming out, but, from what I see, it’s going good. Plus, the icnome generated from the ‘University town’ is enough to keep the place going for a few more years.
INTERVIEWER: Before you go on about the university, earlier, you mentioned something about a fellow called Hegel, another person called Fukuyama, and the end of History, why did you say all this ?
JOHN NEWMOV: Well, Fukuyama was trying to imply that, with the fall of Communism, history ended, as the road to Absolute Truth was made clear. Hegel, as you know, was trying to make clear Kant’s impression that Absolute Freedom, and Absolute Truth, was attainable with the next few centuries.
Of course, what he was also suggesting was that there were to be no more new ideas.
ITNERVIEWER: You mean -
JOHN NEWMOV: in the past 100 years, philosophy has remained the same. Science may have made efforts in space travel, construction, and ability, but that’s just science: the humanities have suffered because there has been a lack of ideas in both departments. The clothes we wear in this day and age are the same a hundred years ago, and music is still the same. And, even if we did think up something new, nothing truly unimaginable, unattainable; that completely ORIGINAL ideas, could be achieved, at leats as long as we inhabit a third dimensional space.
INTERVIEWER: You’re trying to say, that we will not se new original ideas now, and there is an existence beyond this three dimensions ?
JOHN NEWMOV: Yes, yes of course. I don’t doubt it, but I leave that to the future.
Ah, and of the students now, who do you think are the most promising ?
JOHN NEWMOV: I came across one very bright young female student. She’s working in the Biotech areas of the University, and is always our most promising student. She has studied advanced logic in Computing, as well as Biology… in fact, she wrote three interesting papers on Biomechanical evolution, Eusocialism and Higher Logic. Her name…. Can’t really remember it, age is getting the better of me… I think it’s a Penelope March. Our brightest student yet. There’s also a Thomas Williams; really interesting chappie in the biomedical engineering, and he happens to be working with Penelope. He’s more into Nan technology, though, and he himself wrote a thesis on Four-dimensional Living, amongst various others. Sure, some noted that the others were far better then that one, and that particular piece was laughable, but I liked it the most. I can see a great future for that man. There’s also a budding enviromentalist, who is the head of the recycling in our university; some call him an over-glorified janitor, but he’s proud of his work, and I’m proud of his abilities.
INTERVIEWER: A janitor, huh ?
JOHN NEWMOV: This, ‘janitor‘, wrote a thesis on the implications of Terraforming, as well as Nan technology, on the new worlds of Venus and Mars. He also wrote a paper suggesting the relation between Dawkins and Lovelock. Ultimately, he is a Gaia theorist, and he believes that the planets are starting to change, thanks to Humanity. He also provided an updated Daisyworld, really nice working model of the actual Earth in hologram form, and I never saw anything quite like it. Truly a remarkable man…. Josiah Jameson, that‘s his name… though this fellow seems more interested in fun and adventure then work. Very smart, but also very lazy.
INTERVIEWER: That’s just the science-
JOHN NEWMOV: Oh, forgive me, I forgot to mention the Humanities side. There’s this Chinese scholar, Shen, he’s studying to become a priest, Bless him….
INTERVIEWER Just ton interrupt- the Chinese are far different from before.
JOHN NEWMOV: Indeed they are, and I blame it on the split all thos years ago. For me, the one thing hat divided the nation, aside many things, was when the Chinese church finally did it, and made their own Pope, the first Anti-Pope in more then five centuries. This, along with growing market forces, and a desire to democracy, split the country into two. Interesting that the next Pope, Pope Paul, sought to make amends as the first, true, Chinese Pope.
INTERVIEWER: I take it that you are a Christian.
JOHN NEWMOV: Yes. This is a sentiment that seems to offset the Dawkinites and Objectivists, but I remind them that I am just a fighter in their mental pugilism, so it’s all good.
INTERVIEWER: And back to, what was it, the Arts ?
JOHN NEWMOV: There’s this Chinese scholar, Shen, specially sent from Rome, who happens to be the understudy of the Cardinal of the Martian congregation, stationed at my University. While he’s not as stellar as the other students, he’s immensely popular, and immensely kind; the world could do with a few more kind men, as well as a few more smart men.
And then, there’s this port by the name of Kinsbrick. He can remember Shakespeare and Auden at the tip of his fingers, and can remember them off-hand, but, his work status in the university town is a bit sad; he does nothing but drink at the pub, and hardly gets income, aside from public readings. However, I like his prose and poetic style; the best out of the other writers the university has to offer.
INTERVIEWER: A stunning alumni I guess these will make.
JOHN NEWMOV: You bet.
INTERVIEWER: And what of the Ivory Tower ?
JOHN NEMOV: Well……
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