Campus Radicals on the March

Arnold Ahlert is a former NY Post op-ed columnist currently contributing to JewishWorldReview.com, HumanEvents.com and CanadaFreePress.com. He may be reached at atahlert@comcast.net.


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[Editor’s note: The radical Left in America is once again mobilizing in our communities and on our campuses. Get the whole story behind Occupy Wall Street and the new phase in the rebirth of the communist Left by reading the new broadside by David Horowitz and John Perazzo, Occupy Wall Street: The Communist Movement Reborn. This essential pamphlet exposes the roots, leaders and hidden agendas of the radical movement and its war on capitalism and free societies.]

The latest attempt by the radical Left to capitalize on the neo-communist movement known as OWS is emanating from an old source. The “new” Students for a Democratic Society (SDS), which derives its name, inspiration, and mission from the original SDS of the ’60s, is calling for a “Day of Action” scheduled for March 1st. The rhetoric is tiresomely familiar. “We believe that education is a right, not an economic privilege for the advantaged,” says their website. “We demand and fight for a university that is for everyone! … We want student, worker and faculty control over our universities; we should be in control of our own futures and lives.”

Hoping to channel the mob-rage made so fashionable by the broader Occupy movement, it is no surprise who these students blame for their woes. “We refuse to pay for the crisis created by the 1%. We refuse to accept the dismantling of our schools and universities, while the banks and corporations make record profits. We refuse to accept educational re-segregation, massive tuition increases, outrageous student debt, and increasing privatization and corporatization. They got bailed out and we got sold out. But through nationally coordinated mass action we can and will turn back the tide of austerity.”

But don’t count on the campus Left acknowledging government culpability in the crisis it bemoans. It was government, after all, that threatened banks with fines and other restrictions if they refused to lower their lending standards to accommodate mortgage applicants who had no business owning a home. Likewise, government has also facilitated the enormous increases in college tuition. The National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education discovered college tuition and fees increased 439 percent from 1982 to 2007, while median family income rose 147 percent. Why? Because taxpayers are guaranteeing student loans (to the tune of $1 trillion currently)–all of which were taken over by the government in 2010 as part of Obamacare. Thus, colleges have no incentive whatsoever to lower their costs.

Furthermore, one of the critical funding sources for colleges is endowment funds. Even in the down economy of 2009, such funding totaled more than $300 billion. Who endows universities? Those with enough wealth to give large sums of money away, aka the very “1 percent” those currently attending college love to vilify.

Ironically, the same SDS that calls for “chops from the top,” meaning to overpaid administrators, is the one that is calling for even more of the cost-increasing academic inanity we’ve seen rising for decades: “Ethnic, Women’s, Queer, and African/a studies departments,” along with “reparations [i.e., affirmative action] for bias in admissions owing to [longstanding] systems of oppression.” What they don’t know is that they’ve succeeded beyond their wildest dreams. “For the last three decades, colleges have added more and more tuition-busting bureaucratic fat; since 2006, full-time administrators have outnumbered faculty nationally,” writes Manhattan Institute scholar Heather Mac Donald.

What kind of administrators? Those who facilitate the SDS wish list. Here’s a partial roster of administrators at UC Berkeley: Vice Chancellor for Equity and Inclusion; Director of Faculty Relations and Development in Academic Personnel; Director of the UC Davis Cross-Cultural Center; Director of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Resource Center; Academic Enrichment Coordinator; Diversity Program Coordinator; Early Resolution Discrimination Coordinator; and Associate Executive Vice Chancellor for Campus Community Relations.

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  • Eric G

    "… we should be in control of our own futures and lives.”
    You gain control of your life through independence, not demanding the government pay your bills.

    “We believe that education is a right…"
    Don't you have to be smart enough to know how to use a bar of soap before demanding education benefits?

  • StephenD

    For most of these kids, they have no clue that they are merely "Useful Idiots" doing the dirty work for the very elites they think they are helping to bring low. If they would only take a deep breath and think for a moment why Communism has never and can never work. The result of any such effort to "equalize" everyone across the board removes all incentive to try to rise above your station. Eventually it is revealed you have become slave labor and you rebel. This is when the tyrant shows his true colors. He makes you conform or die. Communism ALWAYS ends with a very few elites oppressing the masses.

  • tagalog

    I'm surprised that the "Day of Action" isn't going to be May 1 instead of March 1. May Day would be more fitting, I think.

  • tagalog

    "We want student, worker and faculty control over our universities; we should be in control of our own futures and lives.”

    Students, whose reasons for going to university often include the desire to obtain guidance in order to determine what their future is going to be and what their lives will involve (because at college age, they don't have enough experience to know), are the LAST people to be in control of their futures.

    I know I, when I was a college student (and, at that time, sympathetic to the SDS, which was active when I was a student), would not have found it acceptable for the Dean of Students's secretary, a university worker, or a maintenance worker or security guard, to have a say in the determination of my future and my life.

    I respected the faculty at my university, but they were of an older generation, and I felt that it was appropriate that they limit their roles in helping determine my future and my life to teaching me the wisdom of the greatest thinkers in history, and the present shape of our cultural, historical, and social understanding, and perhaps beyond that helping me get a job if they could. Beyond that, they were just old people whose value to my life and future was debatable.

  • theleastthreat

    I want a new roof put on my house and a new driveway. I also want my central AC replaced by one that works and new tires for my wife's vehicle. That's why I work and save my money.( Not everything comes to me when I want it. Rules for living on planet Earth: rule #1)

  • sedoanman

    "…the Left’s political enemies (which now includes college administrators)."

    So the revolutionaries of the '60s, who are now in charge of academia, don't like counter-revolution. What a hoot!

    • tagalog

      It's like in the 1920s, when the Bolsheviks established the gulag to get rid of the anarchists, who provided the bulk of the manpower for the Russian Revolution, or the late 1930s, when Stalin killed off the Bolsheviks because they could see where Stalin was going.

  • BS77

    Radical leftist "students" and Occupy mob morons: Dumb and Dumber.

  • BLJ

    Ahhh, the good old SDS. This was the same group that was founded on the campus of the University of Michigan. The same school where LBJ unveiled his foolish "Great Society".

    The real outrage on college campuses should be about the criminial rise in the cost of tuition as well as the completely useless number of courses and majors being offered for these overinflated sheepskins. This would require these "students" to open their eyes and actually use some deductive reasoning.

    The powers that be will continue to sell the Bread and Circus act and the morons will continue to buy it. By the time they realize what has really happened to them they will be slaves.

  • ASG

    It's obvious this group doesn't hate all 1%ers. Here in Boston they declared a day of mourning when Steve Jobs died. Many of them continued to quote Warren Buffet and Bill Gates. They then of course made sure they protested out in front of the Israeli Consulate located in Boston with one memorable sign reading "Zionist Bankers GO HOME!" and "Stop the Palestinian Apartheid" accompanied by chants of "Viva Viva Palistina!"

    My point being that they don't hate "1%ers", this is just a new clever code for Jew. As they say, "History tends to repeat itself." And once again here we have a Communist Movement with anti-Semitic under-tones.

  • tanstaafl

    A understand

  • tanstaafl

    Why is the SDS back on the scene? Do they think no one remembers what these smucks did in the sixties?

    • ASG

      Look at the group Annonomous, they look up to radicals like the SDS of the 60's. They believe everything the origional SDS was justified, and we are about to see more of that and most likely worse. I am sure the Weathermen are on their way back too.

  • Questions

    Higher education, as its name implies, is NOT for everyone. Elementary and secondary education, yes, but not higher education. That's why they call it "higher." It is not for persons of low minds or character. And those who are admitted have no right to a subsidy, even from immediate or extended family.

  • mrbean

    Many of the 18-year-olds who come to college are only beginning to outgrow adolescence: they are socially and intellectually immature, having been coddled through all their young years and spoon fed that it is up to "someone else" to provide for their needs. Many refuse to take responsibility for themselves or their actions. Their idea of critical thinking is to become a "critic" and to join a mob of "critics" still demanding that "someone else" still has to provide for their needs.

  • pyeatte

    Sure, put morons in charge of universities. Dumb meets dumber.

  • Lfox328

    LOVE that beret! /end sarc

  • 13Sisters76

    The brownshirts go first…or don't they know history…?

  • choi

    In Chicago,there is a Judge and former Cook County Sheriff, the Hon. Richard J. Elrod who has been PARALYZED by injuries suffered during the Ayers led SDS/Weathermen "Days of Rage"in downtown Chicago in 1969.
    Elrod,at the time ,a City of Chicago Corporation Counsel,was paralyzed during an attempt to stop one of the SDS leaders,I believe the guys name was Flanagan,from committing a violent act.
    Subsequently,Dick Elrod was ELECTED Cook County Sheriff and after many terms later ,a Cook County Judge.
    I KNOW Judge Elrod personally,and he is a living example of TRUE AMERICAN GRIT and who has led an ACCOMPLISHED LIFE,no thanks to the SDS.

  • pyeatte

    Letting the SDS or the OWS control anything would be like the riff-Raff in France controlling the French Revolution. Left to their own devices, that is where it would end. One way to prevent it would be to require those in control to shower every day, thus eliminating both the SDS and OWS mob since they are allergic to soap.

  • SGT Ted

    The thing is, all the tactics used by the left have been over exposed to the general public; they know what is going on as reflected in OWS very negative polling. We also have FPM very own David Horowitz to thank for exposing the tactics they use and how to counter them.

    OWS/leftist tactics rely onold cold war propaganda technics that no longer apply in the age of alternate media that can expose their agitation and phony attempts to smear the police as 'fascist', when the ones acting like brownshirts, threatening people in the street are OWSers..

  • SGT Ted

    Also, the campus radical of today is Harvey MilqueToast or Walter Middy, dreaming their little coffe house dreams of violent revolution compared to the 60s, whose radicals were committed Marxists and Communists actually making bombs and killing police officers.

    • Miranda

      I'm thinking – give 'em time. 'If you build it, they will come"

  • digdigby

    The 'Occupy' crowd are the most creative thinkers in America Those who can combine radical feminism with a passionate defense of all things Islamic are 'geniuses' of a caliber this country has never seen before.

    • mrbean

      "Stupid is as stupid does. That's what momma says." It means that intelligent perople who do stupid things is still stupid. The cocupiers are what they do.

  • John

    The revolution is a done deal and these fools think it's still on. Most universities in western Europe and the US are already solid Marxist factories. They have all they've ever dreamed of and they still don't like it. If it were up to me, I'd dismantle the guaranteed loan program entirely and force colleges to return tuition rate back to the market so prices will drop. BUT, we have to get a handle on K-12 schools who are responsible for polluting the nation with generations of addle-brained doofuses who can barely count on one hand and sending them off to college. Only colleges in Asia are any good anymore.