Nevertheless, perhaps I shouldn’t have been at all surprised by the Occupy Cal and other university protests over tuition-rate increases, since most citizens—students and professors certainly included—seem only willing to stand up (albeit in herd formation) when MONEY is concerned.
Regarding the ivory tower, students ought to be protesting instead against the dubious see-no-evil, hear-no-evil, speak-no-evil ostrich-head-in-the-sand behavior of the large majority of their sinecured professors, not to mention the rampant intellectual corruption, including the widespread professorial-effort to restrict, if not kill, the First Amendment on public campuses and spread PC multiculti-ideology like a noose round the neck of truth and democracy.
Mention those free-speech restricting codes, censorship of ideas and comments, and rampant self-censorship to students and most—the very large majority of them—will likely be uninformed and simply uninterested. The same goes for their professors, at least those not directly involved in instituting the codes of civility and good taste.
Financial concerns always motivate. Threats against democracy rarely seem to do that. Why didn’t students protest against the University of California’s 1.6 million dollar political contribution to the Obama presidential campaign in 2008? Should a public-university system be manifesting such egregious Democrat Party bias as Obama’s number-one donor? Indeed, in doing so, how can it possibly argue that it is a partisan of diversity of thought and opinion?
In fact, if the Occupy movements were to have had any tangible success at all, they should have been focused 100% on Obama. They should have put the president to the fuckin’ wall, make him either fulfill his hollow campaign promises of transparency, ending corporate lobbying, and war, or make him fully understand that Occupy would then campaign 100% against his re-election. They should have put him and Pelosi to the wall to get legislation to end corporate bailouts, congressional insider trading, reduce the high salaries of multi-millionaire senators and congressmen, reduce their high pensions and favorable health-care benefits, and otherwise stop the influence the megawealthy Wall Street financiers continue to have on the Democrat-Party regime.