Guest Post: The Michigan Plot

The following is a guest post from a radiated light bulb.

It’s hard to visualize a distributed blind conspiracy. A trend pushing throughout a culture, waves pouring forth from occulted powers. Let’s take a look at a snapshot of power. Three events that took place in 1965 all connected, but more importantly three events which were attended by people with real influence. As you examine the diagrams below, understand their scope, breadth and variety. These people whether guilty outright or by association permeated the fabric of America. Sure few occupied positions of power outright, but still these people had influence. They might have been someone’s professor, radio host, journalist or influenced some professional organization.

The events in question are the planning meeting which sparked the idea for the teach in, the first teach in at Ann Arbor Michigan in 1965 and the biggest teach in at Berkeley later that year. As you can see in the further reading these were coordinated efforts between professors to create the appearance of a grass roots movement.

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Further Reading from a participant:

Commitment and Agency in Social Movements
Author(s): William A. Gamson
Source: Sociological Forum, Vol. 6, No. 1 (Mar., 1991), pp. 27-50
Published by: Springer

“Some members of the group agreed to call colleagues at other universities,
describing what we were doing, and asking them to hold a teach-in
on their campus. From this small organizing effort, teach-ins against the
Vietnam War were held on more than 50 campuses in the weeks that followed.
We did nothing to discourage the belief that these arose spontaneously
in response to the people’s outrage; nor was this completely false,
since it typically takes more than a phone call or two to generate activity
of this sort in the absence of a highly conducive climate.”

teach in conception

“Ann Arbor was home base, in those days, for many of the talented
national leaders of Students for a Democratic Society (SDS). In the
postmidnight sessions, some of them led workshops on such topics as the
military-industrial complex, the cold war, U.S. intervention in the Third
World, and mechanisms for changing U.S. foreign policy. The report of
the U.S. Senate Sub-Committee on Internal Security made much of the
fact that among the films shown during the night, we included one made
by the National Liberation Front in South Vietnam that had been smuggled
into the country. Boundary lines between young faculty, SDS activists, and
undergraduates were blurry and difficult to discern as one wandered from
one intense discussion to another during the night.”

Teach in day of

“What can we learn about these collective identity processes from the
two cases considered in this paper? The teach-in depended and built on a
preexisting movement identity. First, there were close relationships among
many faculty members and the new left activists who made Ann Arbor
their base. When I began teaching at Michigan in 1962, it was only a few
months after student activists had met at Port Huron and formulated a
statement that became, in effect, the charter for SDS. Port Huron participants
began showing up regularly in my classes. ”

“We had further contact at a movement halfway house within the
university, the Center for Research on Conflict Resolution. The center,
with its Journal of Conflict Resolution, extended the peace movement of
the late 1950s and early 1960s into the academy. I was part of this interdisciplinary
peace research movement, carrying out my research on the cold
war through the center. ”

“Two SDS projects-the Peace Research and Education Project and
the Education Research and Action Project-became a quasi-official part
of the center’s activities, with offices there as well. New left students and
faculty interacted in the hallways and meeting spaces, discussing what was
happening in the world, and what we and others were doing about it.
Furthermore, several members of the teach-in group had been involved
earlier in the civil rights movement. Some of us had picketed
Woolworth’s in support of the sit-in movement in the South and been involved
in the testing of antidiscrimination housing ordinances. Many of the
New Left students had gone south to participate in voter registration efforts
such as Mississippi Freedom Summer.”

Berkley Final

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  6. john smith says:

    Herbert Marcuse and Critical Theory in action. The sheeple have been purposefully brainwashed. Wake up to the root cause.

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