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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And yet on March 1st, SDS is determined to engender a “nationally coordinated mass action” in order to “turn back the tide of austerity.”

What kind of mass action is anyone’s guess, but considering the guest list — “students, teachers, workers, and parents from all levels of education –pre-K-12 through higher education in public and private institutions–and all Occupy assemblies, labor unions, and organizations of oppressed communities” — it doesn’t take a stretch of the imagination to envision some of these protests getting out of hand. A 2010 Day of Action saw the arrest of 15 protesters after they threw punches and hurled ice chunks at campus officers at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. More than 150 students were arrested in Oakland after they blocked Interstate 880. In Northern California, protesters blocked gates at two universities, smashed car windows, and intimidated visitors to the campuses.

And that was prior to the birth of the OWS movement. They too had a Day of Action on November 17, 2011. A total of 544 people were arrested in 14 cities around the nation, including 300 people arrested in New York and 72 in LA. One day earlier, 100 were arrested in San Francisco. Furthermore, since the OWS movement began, 6506 documented arrests in 110 American cities have occurred. Thus, when SDS says it is up to “each school and organization to determine what local and regional actions–such as strikes, walkouts, occupations, marches, etc.–they will take to say no to business as usual” and tell protesters to make March 1st “a day to remember” and remind them that “Education is a right, now is the time to fight!” they are instigating something that could quickly spin out of control.

None of this should surprise anyone. Every Day of Action, every OWS protest, and a substantial amount of union thuggery, is another facet of the ongoing campaign to divide Americans by class and foment hatred toward the Left’s political enemies (which now includes college administrators). Bringing chaos to civil society is the objective — the latest incarnation of a much older movement with the same roots in Marxism that has produced untold misery and more than 100 million deaths around the world.

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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.