I was still reeling from the unresolved (then as now) murder of President John F. Kennedy when student unrest, then upheavals, became national news in 1964 and 1965. At that time, such activism was widely considered a "European thing," virtually unknown in the United States.
That, of course, all changed with the emergence of student protest leaders like Mark Rudd at Columbia University and, in 1964, Mario Savio at University of California, Berkeley in what was called the "Free Speech Movement."
"Violence erupted Wednesday night at UC Berkeley – the same campus where the Free Speech Movement began – to protest a scheduled talk by right-wing commentator Milo Yiannopoulos."
Somewhere in California the ground is rumbling as Mario Savio is
spinning whirling in his casket.
Meanwhile, President Donald Trump, tweeting from the hip as is his wont, mis-fired badly by threatening to withhold Federal funds from the University for canceling the event at which Yiannopoulos was to appear when a dozen or so masked agitators suddenly appeared and turned an orderly protest violent.
I was a rookie reporter and covered the riots at the so-called 'people's park' at Berkeley. Even then, as of now, Free Speech was free only if you agreed with the protestors/rioters.
Dean, you sound like a whacko remark from John in the era of "alternative truth."
Soros is behind everything, gee, maybe there was a government black helicopter hovering over Main Street with guys in black suits.
Come on,you are smarter than that.
- I certainly hope so, Forest.
- "John" who?
- I believe the term du jour is "alternate facts."
- I have no idea what Soros is doing, or not doing, but I ask you, where do 100-150 masked provocateurs come from all at once? Are you suggesting that, even in the Bay Area, this was a spontaneous action?