May 27, 2003

Note: Don't Forget Lunch

Note to self: don't forget: lunch Heath Pearson Free Speech Movement Cafe noon.

Of course, the Free Speech Movement Cafe always gives me the willies: I keep looking at the picture of Mario Savio and wondering if the guy ever realized just how much help he had given Ronald Reagan in his quest to become Governor of California...

Posted by DeLong at May 27, 2003 11:26 AM | TrackBack


Mario did not help Reagan as much as centrist Gov. "Pat" Brown did when he took liberal GOP SF mayor George Christopher out in the GOP primaries. Brown thought that Reagan would be an easier win than Christopher - he was wrong. I think that a strong argument can be made that Brown would have lost to whomever he ran against. Brown's cleverness as DA, AG, and finally as Gov with the water project, the tidewater oil deals, and the Master Plan had finally petered out by the time he got to Caryl Chessman.
Tom, UCB '70

Posted by: Tom on May 27, 2003 02:11 PM

And without Mario Savio we perhaps wouldn't have to slalom between all these students waving "No War!" signs on Sproul Plaza. And Sproul Plaza would perhaps still be a street with trolley cars transporting us all to the way to downtown Oakland... ;-)

... And the Regents would be debating if my posts here are acceptable forms of political expression. I can hear them: "We are in the process of determining whether online comments made from the domain are to be considered as on-campus political activism. I the mean time, we strongly discourage our student body from expressing political views online, especially views related to war or critical of the Administration."

Posted by: Jean-Philippe Stijns on May 28, 2003 12:06 AM

P.S. If we are to playback the 60s+, I would keep Mario and kick out the hard drugs (a little help from the FBI would surely be appreciated). But that's just me, of course... :)

Posted by: Jean-Philippe Stijns on May 28, 2003 12:14 AM

I keep looking at some of the bash-the-"fascist"-"left", blame-the-victim, trust-us-we-know-what's-good-for-you rhetorical drek Brad sometimes puts up on this site and I can't help wondering WHO'S buying HIS lunch.

(Bottoms up, Bubba . THIS one's for you ;!)

"Peru Declares State of Emergency Amid Protests

Wed May 28, 1:31 AM ET

By Missy Ryan

LIMA, Peru (Reuters) - Unpopular President Alejandro Toledo on Tuesday declared a state of emergency across Peru, promising to send out the armed forces to help rein in a wave of violent strikes that has crippled transit and public services in a new challenge to a stormy presidency.

"We have decided to declare a national state of emergency for 30 days so that people can exercise their personal liberties and travel freely," Toledo said in a televised address.

"The country cannot be shut down. Democracy with order and without authority is not democracy," said Toledo, elected in 2001 on promises he would restore transparency and true democracy to Peru following the corrupt, authoritarian regime of ex-President Alberto Fujimori.

But the U.S.-educated leader's presidency has been far from rosy as social unrest mounts from poor Peruvians who complain he has not delivered on campaign promises. Toledo's approval rating now stands at an all-time low of 14 percent.

This week, thousands of farmers and health workers joined teachers who have taken to the streets, marching angrily through the capital, occupying state buildings in provincial cities, stranding passenger buses and trucks loaded with food as they block key highways with rocks and burning tires.

Millions of children have been barred from classrooms for more than two weeks, while patients stayed away on Tuesday from state hospitals as the strikes, which seek a raft of demands like salary hikes and tax cuts for farm goods, drag on.

Toledo also said he would send out armed forces and police to resume order and would reopen schools shut by striking teachers who are asking for a raise of 210 soles ($60) to their average monthly wage of 700 soles ($200).

But the government, which hails headline growth that has made Peru the fastest growing economy in Latin America, says it does not have the cash to meet that and other demands without endangering International Monetary Fund endorsed pledges of fiscal discipline. It has offered teachers 100 soles ($29).


"If the government doesn't change its policy of kneeling down before the IMF ... if it does not look the Peruvian people in the face ... it's going to have to go," said Jorge Vargas, a high school teacher from the northern city of Chimbote, part of a crowd of hundreds of teachers protesting outside Congress.

Following Toledo's address, legislator Luis Iberico, part of Toledo-friendly party FIM, said that the teachers' strike would be declared illegal on Wednesday.

Mauricio Mulder, a leading lawmaker for top opposition party APRA, said "I don't understand why the government is now throwing in the towel."

This is the second time Toledo has declared a state of emergency. He made the same decree in June 2002, but that measure was limited to the southern city of Arequipa amid fatal protests against the privatization of two power firms.

Peru's biggest umbrella union, CGTP, said this week it was considering calling a massive general strike in July against market-friendly economic policy.

Some analysts have warned that Peru, which is seen as wedded to an IMF-endorsed fiscal plan, must tread carefully if it is to avoid scaring off desperately needed foreign investment with strikes and protests. But others say that Peru is a safe haven among Latin American countries, like Colombia, Argentina and Venezuela, which face more serious violence and economic woes.

Even officials admit that despite a strong economy, people have yet to feel growth where it counts -- in their wallets."


I'm afraid you're barking up the wrong skirt--er, uh--TREE, Jean-Philppe (^:

"...I would keep Mario and kick out the hard drugs (a little help from the FBI would surely be appreciated)..."

"Reagan, Hoover and the UC Red Scare--

Secret FBI Files Show How The Bureau's Covert Campaign To Disrupt The Free Speech Movement And Topple UC President Clark Kerr Helped Launch The Political Career Of An Actor Named Ronald Reagan"

Posted by: Mike on May 28, 2003 02:33 AM


"How many roads must a man walk down
Before you call him a man?
Yes, 'n' how many seas must a white dove sail
Before she sleeps in the sand?
Yes, 'n' how many times must the cannon balls fly
Before they're forever banned?
The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind,
The answer is blowin' in the wind...

"Peru Troops, Strikers Clash in State of Emergency"

By Missy Ryan

LIMA, Peru (Reuters) - Hospital officials said several protesters were wounded on Wednesday as soldiers fired in the air during violent clashes across Peru where strikers took to the streets in defiance of a government state of emergency and vowed to continue their crippling strikes.

At least 21 people were hurt, some from gunshot wounds, in Barranca, north of Lima, according to a local hospital official, as troops fired to disperse rock-throwing farmers a day after unpopular President Alejandro Toledo imposed a 30-day emergency banning strikers from streets...

...Health workers and farmers have, at least officially, temporarily called off strikes that disrupted highway transport with blockades of rocks and trees. But teachers, striking for more than two weeks demanding a rise of 210 soles ($60) to an average monthly wage of 700 soles ($200), were undeterred.

"The 100-sol ($29) raise they have offered us is insufficient ... so we teachers have the right to keep expressing our unhappiness in the streets," said Nilver Lopez, head of the SUTEP union that groups some 280,000 teachers.

Toledo's 2-year-old presidency has been marked by protests and a declining approval rating that now stands at 14 percent.

Many Peruvians complain Toledo -- a U.S.-trained former World Bank adviser -- has failed to fulfill ambitious promises of jobs, prosperity and a return to true democracy after the corrupt, hard-line rule of ex-President Alberto Fujimori...

...Peruvian stocks fell amid the political uncertainty but analysts said the emergency was unlikely to sully Peru's reputation as a Latin American investment safe haven. Peru's economy grew by 5.2 percent in 2002, fastest in the region."

What do those peasants know about economics? NOTHING. That's what. Wall Street LOVES the guy. THAT ought to be good enough for us....

...How many times must a man look up
Before he can see the sky?
Yes, 'n' how many ears must one man have
Before he can hear people cry?
Yes, 'n' how many deaths will it take till he knows
That too many people have died?
The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind,
The answer is blowin' in the wind...

...Meanwhile--back at that big antebellum manor house in Washington D.C.--Mr. Massa and his chums are simply, divinely, delerious...

"Caught in the Squeeze


One of the things President Bush knows best is when to turn on the klieg lights, and when to keep them off.

On Tuesday, with no fanfare, he signed a bill increasing the federal debt limit by nearly a trillion dollars. You don't want a lot of coverage when you're mortgaging the future.

But yesterday it was high-fives all around as Mr. Bush signed the third-largest tax cut in history at a grand ceremony in the East Room of the White House.

I suppose if your income is large enough, there is every reason to celebrate. After all, the tax cut could save Dick Cheney $100,000 a year, or more.

But given the economic realities in the U.S. right now, I thought the East Room celebration was in poor taste. The enormous tax-cut package (which is coupled with budget deficits that are lunging toward infinity) is a stunning example of Mr. Bush's indifference to the deepening plight of working people.

The economy has lost more than a half-million jobs already this year, and well over 2 million since payrolls peaked two years ago. More than 8.7 million American men and women are officially counted as unemployed. And that figure is artificially low because it does not count those who have become discouraged and stopped looking for work.

The fallout from the continued hemorrhaging of jobs and the swollen ranks of the unemployed is spreading...

...More and more Americans are joining the ranks of the long-term unemployed, those who are out of work for six months or more. A joint study by the National Employment Law Project and the Economic Policy Institute called long-term unemployment "the scourge of a declining economy," and noted that it is taking its greatest toll among those who have traditionally felt economically secure.

"The reality," said the study, "is that the long-term unemployed are better educated, older and more likely to be professional workers."

What the economy needs is a real stimulus that will create real jobs, not an irresponsible package of tax cuts that will inflate the portfolios of the very wealthy while starving the government of the money needed to pay for essential services and to maintain a safety net for the nation's most vulnerable citizens.

We are closing schools and libraries in America, and withholding lifesaving drugs and medical treatment from the poor. The middle class is struggling ever harder to make ends meet, and reshaping its dreams of the future.

In Washington, they're celebrating."

...How many years can a mountain exist
Before it's washed to the sea?
Yes, 'n' how many years can some people exist
Before they're allowed to be free?
Yes, 'n' how many times can a man turn his head,
Pretending he just doesn't see?
The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind,
The answer is blowin' in the wind."*

* Music and lyrics by Bob Dylan. Of course...

Posted by: Mike on May 29, 2003 07:43 AM

I heard Savio speak exactly once. Compelling. Extraordinary charisma, and, I should add, one of the few speakers of that era (or ours) not to demonize his opponents.

Who would believe that Clark Kerr (96? 97?), Reagan (90), and Kerr's deputy Martin Meyerson (81) are with us, and Mario has left?

Posted by: Andrew Lazarus on May 29, 2003 12:34 PM
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