Stunning Irony in Successionist California

Thursday, February 02, 2017

Stunning Irony in Successionist California

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."

The decades long gains achieved by Savio and others, in­cluding Jack Weinberg1 whose arrest by Campus Police was the core event that led to the FSM, crashed and burned (actual flames) last night;

UC Berkeley halts Milo Yiannopoulos talk amid violent protest

"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.

Donny, direct law enforcement to track down the violent offenders and dump them onto Alcatraz, and let George Soros fund their defense.

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  1. In November 1964 Weinberg coined the celebrated cry "Don't trust anyone over 30."

Comments

1. John Roland said...

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.

Aye-up!
– Dean

2. Jeanne Speir said...

First, let's see who the offenders really are. They might not be in Soros' camp. I'm at the point where I take nothing for granted.

Nor I, but I said nothing about "Soros' camp." Soros' employ, however, is a different kettle of urban provocateurs.
Dean

3. F.J. Markowitz said...

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.

  1. I certainly hope so, Forest.
  2. "John" who?
  3. I believe the term du jour is "alternate facts."
  4. 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?
– Dean

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