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Students for a Democratic Society reforms, unaware Vietnam already over

Some forward-thinking students on campus have decided to start a chapter of Students for a Democratic Society, looking to recapture some of that 60’s flower power. The new, zombified SDS meets at 4 p.m. on Wednesdays in the ground floor of the EMU next to Suite 1.

If you haven’t cracked open your American History textbook from high school in a while, SDS (Wikipedia article here) was one of the largest and most prominent student activist groups of the 1960’s; in fact, the Port Huron Statement issued by SDS is often considered the opening salvo of the “New Left.” Of course, the group devolved into bitter in-fighting and ineffectiveness, ultimately disintegrating in the turmoil of 1969. (Also, the infamous Weather Underground happened to be a splinter group of SDS).

I trudged down to the SDS’s meeting to try and scrounge up some quotes, but all I found were about eight hippies in various states of outrage about … well, something or another. I asked if anyone was in charge, but they just looked at each other and shrugged their shoulders. Of course not. Then I asked if I could interview someone after the meeting, and I was told to come back in a couple weeks because the group “had just been started.” If this is any indication, the new SDS should be just as successful as their predecessors! Jeez, why can’t they just go for the gusto and reform the Yippies?

P.S. The small print in their poster says “subversives welcome,” so feel free to infiltrate their meetings and slowly brainwash them.

  1. Timothy says:

    So you’re eliminating cases from English? Or are you going to put in four more to make it more like Russian?

  2. Drew says:

    Must admit I consider myself a liberal. But this is way more Yippie than liberal.

  3. Olly, I hope you know that you and your bourgeoisie “whom” will be the first against the wall when the democratic society is finally realized.

  4. Olly says:

    Someone go and try to create a schism within the group over whether their promotional materials should actually say “We are the ones for whom we have been waiting.”

  5. Timothy says:

    I like how “Democratic Society” = Hardline Stalinism.

  6. Yeah, I wondered how long it would take for The Big Lebowski reference.

  7. Sho says:

    Pssh, we all know that the final draft of the Port Huron Statement was compromised.

  8. […] Oregon Commentator wrote an interesting post today on Students for a Democratic Society reforms, unaware Vietnam already overHere’s a quick excerptStudents for a Democratic Society reforms, unaware Vietnam already over January 17th, 2008 by CJ Ciaramella Some

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