This happened 50 years ago


Did i ever tell you kids about the sixties?

The Berkeley Free Speech Movement ran through most of 64 and into 65. The above pic, if you can’t make it out, is good guy Mario Savio standing on top of a police car. He gave a speech on Dec 2 1964 that still gives me goose bumps. Two days later the cops arrested 800 people.  A slightly altered version turns up in the remake of Battlestar Galactica. A good fella i know used it in 1994 at ANU prior to the nine day mass occupation of the chancellory. It set my brain on fire, and i have not been right since.

The doco Berkeley in the 60s is worth (re-)watching and the FSM wiki is also good.

“… But we’re a bunch of raw materials that don’t mean to be — have any process upon us. Don’t mean to be made into any product! Don’t mean — Don’t mean to end up being bought by some clients of the University, be they the government, be they industry, be they organized labor, be they anyone! We’re human beings! … There’s a time when the operation of the machine becomes so odious — makes you so sick at heart — that you can’t take part. You can’t even passively take part. And you’ve got to put your bodies upon the gears and upon the wheels, upon the levers, upon all the apparatus, and you’ve got to make it stop. And you’ve got to indicate to the people who run it, to the people who own it, that unless you’re free, the machine will be prevented from working at all.”

 

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