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THE VIEW FROM HERE
I Had Too Much to Dream Last Night
BY ROBERT KLIVANS

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JESDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 1967

NIGHT EDITOR: DAVID KNOKE

Nguyen Van Thieu's Coup
Turns Out to Be a Blooper

SOUTH VIETNAMESE President-elect
Nguyen Van Thieu's political naivete
may turn out to be a boon for those hop-
ng for an "early" end to the adminis-
tration's undeclared war in Vietnam.
Thieu told NBC's Meet the Press Sun-
lay that "it is better to give the Ameri-
an troops more of the mission of heavy
ighting and more to the Vietnamese
roops the mission of pacification."
From the point of view of rational mili-
ary theory, Thieu's suggestion is far
from unsound. The better-trained, better-
Rquipped and better-disciplined American
roops are apt to be more successful in
armed conflict. And the native Army of
he Republic of Vietnam (ARVN), who
Dave more intimate connections with the
anguage and culture, would no doubt do
it least as good a job of "pacification" as
he Americans. Efficient specialization
vould, indeed, seem to dictate the allo-
ation of men chief of state Thieu sug-
jests.
BUT FOR THIEU to make the state-
ment he made under those conditions
was a serious 'political blunder on his
>art. The American public is becoming
tontinually less inclined to listen to con-
siderations of rational military theory.
As the death toll mounts, Americans
re coming to see with a sad clarity just
iow costly a "small scale," undeclared
;uppression of violence can be. Already
.3,000 Americans have died in Vietnam
ind the count is rising steadily as the
var drags on. New bumper-stickers are
-eading "Support Our Boysin Vietnam-
3ring Them Home" and there is every in-
ilcation that more and more Americans
re reading them.
The questionable constitutionality of
American intervention is beginning to im-

press many Americans, especially "strict-
constructionist" conservatives, who did
not find it an issue of pressing concern
heretofore. In August, 1964, Senators
Wayne Morse (D-Oregon) and Ernest
Gruening (D-Alaska) were the only mem-
bers of the upper house to vote against
the Gulf of Tonkin resolution. Now their
campaign to repeal the President's flimsy
but dangerous "mandate" is gaining sup-
port from hawks and doves alike.
AMERICAN SENTIMENT against the
war is now at its highest level. Fur-
thermore, the replacement of the native
South Vietnamese army on the front line
by American troops has ever been a source
of bitterness in the United States. This is
South Vietnam's war, goes the rationale
of many Americans. Why shouldn't the
South Vietnamese pitch in and fight it?
What these people have failed to un-
derstand is that this may ,not be South
Vietnam's war at all. There is little evi-
dence that large numbers of that na-
tion's inhabitants share the virulent, all-
consuming anti-Communism which has
formed the unnatural bond between the
South Vietnamese military and the John-
son administration.
Ironically, it may be General Thieu
who will unintentionally convince these
Americans of that fact. No statement
could have been better calculated to out-
rage the American public than the one
made Sunday. With Americans in a mood
to question the war, Thieu inadvertantly
reopened the very question they are like-
ly to ask first.
General Thieu is treading on treacher-
ous mountain snow. A few more statie-
ments like his debacle on Sunday and
there may yet be an avalanche.
-U4BAN LEHNER

THE PRESIDENTIAL Commission on Decision Making,
created in the heat of last fall's student demonstra-.
tions, will release its prestigious report within the next
few months. The commission's tone was set by an in-
terim report published this summer:
"There is a broad feeling within the commission that
students would have a more important role in the gov-
ernance of the University than the formal structure
would appear to suggest or require. . . . To accord
students an appropriately influential role in University
affairs is not only to respect a right legitimately asserted
by students but also to meet a need of the University."
ONLY RECENTLY, highly reliable sources have re-
leased to The Daily preliminary drafts of the commis-
sion's proposals for reorienting the power structure of
the University. The plans, as the crooks who leaked us
this information explained, are based on the "appro-
priately influential role" clause and the fact that there
are 38,000 students on this campus and only about 3,000
faculty and even fewer administrators. Taking all this
into consideration, the commission will recommend the
following alterations of the power apparatus at the
University:
* The Board of Regents will be dissolved and rele-
gated to a consulting capacity, hereafter to be called
Alumni Advisors, or, more affectionately, "AA."
0 The Administration Building will be converted into
Letters: Wha
To the Editor: that conditions are
vTIHY IS THE University being they are deprived o
struck? Because it will not complaint and bein
bargain with the unions over something to bargai
whether or not it should bargain The unions dem
with the unions. The University, University drop its
believing it shouldn't, took the if it should barg
question to court. Deciding wheth- unions. Why can't t
er or not the University's stand patient and let the
is illegal must be a difficult mat- the issue instead of i
ter for the learned judges since dorms injunctions, pon
the case has been in their hands dorms, picketing Cont
for some months. The union lead- and indulging in otad
ers have equipped their members oabaii
with placards proclaiming "Uni- on) behavior, that
versity of Michigan Violates State those making the ju
Labor Act." Obviously, they have canonry serve to ant
some source of inspiration that dispute?
renders them more enlightened
than the courts of this fine state, -James
But what is it the unions really
want? Higher wages? Shorter
hours? A voice in SGC? No hours To the Editor:
for freshmen women? It doesn't A UNION is a grou
seem to be any of these worthy have banded tog
objectives. When the University an employer to giv
raises wages or improves condi- thing he would n
tions, the union accuses it of voluntarily because
"trying to buy off" its member- be economically in h
ship to discourage them from or- do so. First, unio
ganizing, Labor is complaining young people to drop
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a dormitory for the 1,000 students isolated in Bursley
Hall; administrators will be moved into the Bursley
complex, since they have such little contact with stu-
dents, it doesn't matter whether they're near Central
Campus or not. In this manner, the administration will
be subjected to the intolerable bus schedules it has
established and the impossible parking shortage it has
nurtured. Administrators will be crowded into Bursley
offices by doubling and tripling up office space, so that
students will have the necessary room to study.
0 A new administrative post, the Student for Vice-
President Affairs, will be established. The Student for
Vice-President Affairs will communicate with irrational
student leaders and transmit their views to rational
administrators.
* Student Government Council will be dissolved and
replaced by the Student Government Employes Union.
SG Employes will immediately strike the University,
erecting picket lines'around the Angell Hall complex and
grinding classes to a halt. The strike will not be halted
until the University agrees to bargain collectively with
students on equal terms.
" Administrators will be required to register in Wat-
erman Gym for their positions. The registration will
be carried out during the peak hours of registration week
so that administrators can fully appreciate the efficiency
of the system they have created.
* To offset the frugality of legislative appropria-

tions, which left the University $4.6 million short this
year, administrators' salaries will be cut to the same de-
gree that students' tuition was raised. By thus invoking
the incentive principle, administrators will try harder
next time in convincing legislators of the University's
financial need.
N A new Course Evaluation Booklet will be produced
by the student body. The booklet will rank the professors
as to performance, and the lower 70 per cent will become
subject to draft into the National Guard.
9 The University's Student Government will with-
draw from the controversial National Student Association
(NSA) and join the opposition American Student Society
(ASS), which is secretly supported by funds from the
KGB.
WITH ALL THESE moves, the commission's papers
conclude, the rightful power priorities will have been
established. Moreover, the necessary separation of an-
tagonists will be almost complete. Students will be firmly
entrenched on Central Campus in control of the Uni-
versity, while administrators will be finally isolated in
their new North Campus 'offices. And then only one
added step will be needed to secure student democracy
on campus.
An anti-infiltration wall equipped with electronic
eyes and ears will be built across the Huron River basin,
ending once and for all administrative interference in
student control of University affairs.

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Dothe Unions Really Want?

so good that
f grounds for
g deprived is
n about.
and that, the
inquiry to see
ain with the
the unions be
courts decide
illegally defy-
keting student
struction sites
her such irra-
dd, typical un-
cannot affect
Ldgments and
tagonize those
cted with the
Winters, '70
Idealism?
p of men who
ether to force
e them some-
ot give them
it would not,
his interest to
ns encourage
out of school

Double Feature at P.S. 67

because they suppose they can
get $5 an hour (which amounts
to nearly $10,00Q a year) as a un-
ion member, with the possibility
of extorting more, or at least
getting on welfare. Either way,
they will be able to live in
the life-long state of a vegetable,
which prevalent philosophy deems
more conducive to happiness than
a job as a physicisV or an engi-
neer.
Second, an individual who walk-
ed away from the job he, had
been hired to do at a salary he
had agreed to, who physically as-
saulted other workers going to
their jobs, who installed a cot
in his boss's office lobby, would
immediately be out on his ear.
However, what is wrong for one
is considered right for many ac-
cording to those who pose as to-,
day's thinkers. Some, distorting
the concept of rights, claim it is
right for the one, since man lives
for ithers. This is the collectivist
premise.
I am not familiar with any laws
that prevent an employer from
firing those he does not choose
to have work for him, but if
there are such laws they are mor-
ay wrong since a man should be
free to live for himself-without
infringing on the rights of others
-despite gobbledygook about the
1930's and the "movement of his-
tory." It is significant that those
who advocate strikes, riots and
pressure groups (in defense, by
the way, of things which are not
rights) talk about "guilt'' and
"conscience." Could it be that
they sometimes realize subcon-
sciously that they areedefending
"You've got it; I want it" and
nothing more ideal than that?
-Philip A. Coates, Grad
Pro Union
To the Editor:
THE UNIVERSITY'S current
position regarding the demand
of its employes to institute col-
lective bargaining reveals a fund-
amental contradiction in its inter-
pretation of its legal status. Ac-
cording to the state constitution,
the University is to be an auto-
nomous entity vis-a-vis state pol-
itics. However, it derives special
advantages from the state: it re-
ceives (notoriously insufficient)
financial support, immunity from
taxes, and the like. Yet when the
state deems it proper to recognize
the rights of its employees, the
University parts company with the

state. In other words, the Univer-
sity is using its constitutional
privileges only in order to secure
maximum fiscal benefit.
In the last resort this Machi-
avellianism of the University can
be traced back to the failure of
the state of Michigan to fulfill its
financial responsibility to the Uni-
versity.
-Mark Elgot, Grad.
Viet HMor
To the Editor:
A TASS NEWS Agency broadcast
proclaimed that the recent
elections in South Vietnam af-
forded a deceptive camouflage un-
der which the United States could
continue its war of aggression in
Vietnam. Never has the voice of
the "enemy" Aso precisely express-
ed the opinion of so many Amer-
icans.
That organ of lies through
omission, the press, has conven-
iently forgotten that no "neutral-
ist"" or "pro-Communist" candi-
dates were granted permission to
run in the elections, while it has

simultaneously applauded the vic-
tory of the military regime snd
the 83 per cent voter turnout. But
statistics are hardly relevant in
an election the outcome of which
is prearranged in its ideological
convictions. Was there indeed an
election? Were not the war in
Vietnam so tragic in scope, the
press term "voter turnouts' might
be faintly humorous.
But the tragedy might only be
beginning. What the press forgets,
the United States government
somehow rationalizes as just. With
the aid of a new, "democratic" re-
gime with the third-largest in-
come in the world, the United
States has found new hope in
greater victories to come. Per-
haps South Vietnam should offer
the North a cut of her purse-the
"fact!"that there are two coun-
tries over, there is a myth, any-
way. We all know that those
orientals wouldn't give us so much
trouble if they weren't starving all
the time.
-Alan D. Perlis
Teaching Fellow
Dept. of English

"George,How, Did You Get Into That?"

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THAT APOSTATE Republican John Vliet
Lindsay emerged yesterday as the first
political leader who understands what
big city education is all about. When the
national epidemic of teachers' strikes,-hit
New York, "Fun City's" irrepressible may-
or assembled a vast armada of adminis-
trators and volunteers who kept the
schools open by entertaining over 600,000
students with a double feature of movies
and recorded music. Lindsay knew what
Jerome Cavanagh didn't-public school
children don't learn much more during
normal operations, so why close the
-schools?
The battle between the United Federa-
tion of Teachers and New York City -
like most epic combats-is primarily over
money. The problem is that neither New
York nor the teachers have any.
New York's financial problems are no
longer novel-just unsolved. When the
middle class headed for the suburbs to
bring the PTA to the heathen, they took
their tax dollars with them. And when
the disadvantaged minorities came to,
play Indian on the reservations of the
Big City, they brought their problems
with them.
To compound these woes, the "city slick-
ers" are constantly bilked by their "coun-
try cousins" upstate. For New York City
sends more tax dollars to Albany each
year than It rec'eives in return.
Lindsay's special mediation panel rec-
ommended an average pay increase of $1,-
700 which would put New York teachers,
in a "preeminent position in their field."
And somehow, somewhere, Lindsay would
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ROGER RAPOPORT, Editor
MEREDITH EIKER, Managi.ng Editor
MICHAEL EFFER ROBERT KLIVANS
City Editor Editorial Director
SUSAN ELAN ........Associate Managing Editor
STEPHEN FIRSHEIN ...... Associate Managing Editor
LAURENCE MEDOW ......Associate Managing Editor
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UAN SCHNEPP .............. Personnel Director
NEIL SINISTER ...........Magazine Editor

manage to scrape up the $125 million
that this increase would cost.
BUT THE TEACHERS are not to be con-
demned for rejecting what, for the
city, was a generous offer. For in whatj
kind of a profession does a "preeminent
position" mean a starting salary of $6,-
600 expanding to a maximum of $11,000
after 14 years? Such compensation is an
insult to those who have invested the
long hours and acquired the necessary
skills to become conscientious teachers.!
Is it any small wonder that teachers
are using industrial tactics to protest be-x
low-industrial wages?
The legacy of over a generation of in-
adequate pay has been to drive many
competent and dedicated teachers from
the field and leave the profession in the
viselike grip of the mediocre. Real teach-
ers, as well as Sandy Dennis, continually
wage a futile and rearguard battle
against the bureaucratic inanities of im-
potent and petty tyrants.
The high salaries alone will not be-
gin to reclaim teaching for the conscien-I
tious and dedicated. Teaching, now the
bastion of the closed-minded and self-
conscious conformist, must become the
province of the sensitive and the crea-
tive. For unless a higher purpose is
found for public education,, efficiency
would demand that it take less than 12
years of a child's time to teach him to
read, write and do simple sums, and to
inject him with a massixe dose of middle-
class and middle-brow values.
YET THE ENVIRONMENT of the urban
school is more to blame than the#
teacher himself. In many schools in New
York, Detroit and elsewhere, the teacher
is expected to baby-sit for an overcrowd-
ed room of youthful malcontents enraged
and frustrated at a society not of their
own making. The teacher, like the police-
man has the sorry role of being the
most exposed part of the white power#
structure in the middle of the ghetto. Un-
less the basic tensions rending urban
America are resolved, in too many areas
teaching will continue to be an occasion-
ally well-intentioned exercise in futility.
Regardless of the outcome of the strikes
in New York and Detroit, the teachers
have performed a great service by foc-
using the nation's attention on the urban

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The Changing Face of Medical Poltics

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By RONALD BAN
Daily Guest Writer

AS AMERICAN society becomes
Amore highly specialized and
developed the role of the individ-
ual has been ever more increas-
ingly submerged. One remarkable
feature of the mass computerized
society is the "organization man"
and the concurrent urge to form
and join innumerable organiza-
tions and associations. Even alie-
nated college radicals committed
to the repersonalization of politics
and society can be faulted. The
Iproliferation of peace, student
power and civil rightsgroups has
been bewildering.
Yet for many years the two
most sacred of associations, con-
trolling the professions of law and
medicine have generally resisted
this growing phenomenon. The
American Bar Association (ABA)
and its brother organization, the
American M e d i c a 1 Association

stand against Medicare, bucking
the vast majority opinion in this
country, the society is still very
much a power and the conserva-
tive thinking that people associate
with the AMA is still very much
alive.
In his celebrated inaugural ad-
dress, AMA President-elect Mil-
ford O. Rouse reenforced this c')n-
servatism by affirming first that
health care ought to be a privilege
and not a right and, second, he
not only defended capitalism but
argued that its defense should be
his organization's principal cxn-
cern.
EVEN IF DR. ROUSE'S think-
ing does not reflect the majority
opinion of health professionals, his
views do represent strong elements
of the organization. Yet, his pro-
nouncements to the contrary, the
seeds of change are beginning to
grow in the medical community;
counter organizations and young

come far more independent its its
views and is trying to attract all
physicians, white and Negro, dis-
enchanted with the AMA. This
group and two other smaller ones,
the Medical Committee -for Hu-
man Rights and the Physicians
Forum are national groups ideo-
logically opposed to the AMA. But
their numbers are small and they
do not yet pose much of a sub-
stantial threat to the megalithic
AMA.
The most vocal clammer for
change has come from the student
bodies of the more progressive
medical schools. Many committed
radicals have recently entered
medical college and were faced
with either joining the traditional
student medical organization, the
Students of the American Medical
Association (SAMA), or Alterna-
tively founding what Miss Langer
terms "a new grouping; _t iccse
federation of campus units known
collectively as the Student Health

health practitioners and hea'th
facilitiest in poverty areas. The
patient is observed by the student
merely as a disease or clinical
entity as a fragment )f his socal
being distinct from his environ-
ment. The health student, by
spending his long years' of train-
ing isolated from the community
which he will serve, 1 ses his so-
cial idealism and remains olird to
many of the basic causes. of ill
health: environmental depriva-
tion, loss of income and jobs, and
poor housing. . . . First hand ,ex-
perience with the urban commun-
ity and the urban health problem
is the best way to gain this under-
standing."
ALARMED AT THE increasing
dehumanization andspecialization
in medicine, the SHO chapters at
the University of Chicago, Albert
Einstein, and California have or-
ganized action projects in the ur-
ban slums to educate and ergan-

of Capt. Howard° Levy, and the
problem of medical ethics and the
war.
But SHO is only strong on the
campuses of the traditionally ac-
tivist schools. Its strength is no-
ticeably weaker in the large state
run medical colleges. In the long
run perhaps SHO's most signifi-
cant contribution will be in shak-
ing SAMA and the .liberal wing
of the AMA into action. David
Kindig, SAMA president and Uni-
versity of Chicago medical student
believes this a strong possibility.
He noted that the vice-president
elect of the AMA, who will suc-
ceed Dr. Rouse next year, is a
moderate and the noticeable
trend in the organization especial-
ly among younger members is
more liberal.
Many of SAMA's national lead-
ers, such as Kindig, agree - very
strongly with SHO's beliefs and
goals but have chosen to force
c h a n g e through the system.

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