Posted by: franklynchusa | December 19, 2008

Riots and Revolution?

The Main Stream Media have been ignoring the events described below.

Various commentators and bloggers have been writing of coming civil unrest.

This author initially dismissed them as alarmists.

However, perhaps we should all read what students who have seized the New School Campus in Manhattan have published. It may be relevant to us all, because the mistakes Western civilization have made in the past were not paying attention to the writings of a guy named Adolph, and another called the Ayatollah Khomeini. Both these instances of ignoring what they said they were going to do led to catastrophe.

Should we pay attention to these students? Most revolutions begin in the Universities.

“We have just occupied New School University” (Queers without Borders, Dec. 17, 2008) — this blog reports that the student action was undertaken in explicit solidarity with the student protesters in Greece:

We liberate this space for ourselves, and all those who want to join us, for our general autonomous use. We take the university in explicit solidarity with those occupying the universities and streets in Greece, Italy, France, and Spain.

This occupation begin as a response to specific conditions at the New School, the corporatization of the university and the impoverishment of education in general. However, it is not just this university but also New York City that is in crisis: in the next several month, thousands of us will be losing our jobs, while housing remains unaffordable and unavailable to many and the cost of living skyrockets.

So we stress that the general nature of these intolerable conditions exists across the spectrum of capitalist existence, in our universities and our cities, in all of our social relations. For this reason, what begins tonight at the New School cannot, and should not, be contained here.

Thus: with this occupation, we inaugurate a sequence of revolt in New York City and the United States, a coming wave of occupations, blockades, and strikes in this time of crisis.

Be assured, this is only the beginning,

With solidarity and love from New York to Greece, To Italy, France and Spain,

To the coming insurrection.

-New School Occupation Committee”

Bob Kerrey is Not Popular at the New School (The Urban Elitist, Dec. 11, 2008)”

End of quote.

 Well, how about some comments on whether we should pay attention to these students? Are they just normal New Yorkers with the big mouth, or?

Oh, about to be former Dean, Kerrey caved in to all their demands immediately, with his normal lack of judgement,  let alone spine.




  1. Hi Frank,
    Thanks for your comments on my blog. I have added you to my blogroll; please add me to yours!
    Rich McSheehy

  2. Nope, students have powerful impacts on whatever they set their minds to do. We cannot underestimate their actions. They have a powerful voice and can gather huge followings in no time at all. Thus, those in the political arena should beware and take note!

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