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or the editors. This must be noted in all reprints.




A Modest Proposal:
Let Lyndon Lose in '68

THE MIND BOGGLED last week at the
spectacle of pious George Romney
bringing his "non-political" tent show to
San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury, where
the Michigan governor preached to the
assembled multitudes on the glories of
"Americanism" and the evils of intemper-
This surrealistic tableau depicted graph-
ically the fundamental irrelevance of
American two-party politics to a nation
undergoing the spasms of acute foreign
and domestic crisis.
Yet despite its classic absurdity, mil-
lions of dollars will be spent in the next
13 months by the two major parties and
the three major networks to enable the
American people. to participate in that
querished quadrenniel rite of choosing
the man most worthy of holding the high
office of President of the United States.
But the time for despair is not yet
upon us. For in America there is an old
'political tradition that the good guy
doesn't lose without a fight. Remember
William Scranton? Last week two items
moved across the news wire which indi-
cated that the time for the futile good
fight would soon be at hand:
, A California poll of registered Dem-
ocrats revealed that in a Democratic
primary only 41 per cent would sup-
port President Johnson, 38 per cent
would support some sort of peace
slate and 21 per cent were unde-
*. A group of Democrats, including
some New York City Reform Demo-
cratic leaders, intend to run an anti-
war slate in district primaries for
delegates to next year's Democratic
National Convention.
THESE EFFORTS of distraught doves to
work within the Democratic Party to
deny renomination to President Johnson
are only of value if the participants real-
ize fully the practical limitations and
implications of their actions.
They must not play political Pollyan-
nas and believe that any outpouring of
disturbed Democrats will deny Lyndon
Johnson renomination. Even if the anti-
war forces win primary victories in New
York, California and a few other sym-
pathetic areas, the 1968 Democratic. Con-
vention will still be primarily the home
of the pragmatist and not the ideologue.
Practical politics dictate that it is sui-
cidal for a party to disown its incumbent
President, and few leaders will risk an
updated Democratic version of the Gold-
water debacle.
The undoubted failure of these efforts
to accomplish their goal does not indi-
cate futility. For an anti-Johnson cam-
paign will serve an important educational
purpose in preparing many average vot-
er for future organizing efforts by more
radical anti-war forces. A platform fight
over Vietnam at the Democratic Con-
vention before a national television au-
dpnce will reach millions of Americans

BACK IN THE old days anyone could understand a
student power-administration clash. For example, if
the students didn't like the Ann Arbor police photo-
graphing activities at rallies they would sit-in. The irate
administration would ban sit-ins and the angry stu-
dents would defy the ban by sitting in at the adminis-
tration building.
But this year the way to handle the problem appears
to be writing friendly letters. When SGC decides to
rewrite the old administration rules for student conduct,
Vice-President for Student Affairs Richard Cutler wrote
to praise the group's "worthwhile interest . . . (in) de-
veloping a workable system of student self-government."
If this approach continues, subsequent letters between
SGC President Bruce Kahn and Vice-President Cutler
will probably go something like this:
Thanks for your letter of Sept. 26. I agree with you
that I did obscure the question of whether "students
alone are interested in and affected by standards cf
individual conduct established and maintained in the
University." I thought I did a pretty clever job and to
be frank about it, that's why I'm a high paid executive
and you're not.
Frankly I hope you'll stir up as much trouble as
possible with the new regulations. I enjoy getting my

who have never heard of Vietnam Sum-
mer or the teach-in.
FROM THE RADICAL perspective an
anti-Johnson crusade is merely an ex-
hausting game of "lesser evilism." And in
terms of eliminating the violence, the
misery, the repression, the extravagance
and the waste which run rampant
through American society they are right.
But the hostility of the radicals should
not mask the short-term and limited ad-
vantages of defeating Lyndon Johnson
next year.
If the anti-Johnson campaignawithin
the Democratic Party is to have any po-
litical meaning, the foes of the President
must be prepared to desert the Demo-
cratic Party when he is nominated. Fail-
ure to bolt the ticket at this critical
juncture will condemn the party's left
wing to be continually ignored.
ANY REPUBLICAN, including the prob-
able nominees, Nixon or Reagan, is
preferable to Johnson in the White
A Republican President would free the
left wing of the Dmocratic Party from
their support of what now is a bipartisan
policy of escalation in Vietnam.
In addition, most observers would agree
that anyone, even George Wallace, would
be able to be more flexible than Presi-
dent Johnson in negotiating in Vietnam
A Republican President would be han-
dicapped by the fact that he will have a
Democratic Senate and very likely a
Democratic House. Such a deadlock of
democracy would have an important ef-
fect on the power and recklessness of
a Republican President.
A return to the "do-nothing" impot-
ence of the Eisenhower administration
would be a welcome change from the
reckless and unchecked malevolence of
Lyndon Baines Johnson, for contempor-
ary American foreign policy is designed
to destroy rather than create.
FEW VOICES, other than the New Re-
public's TRB, still believe that the de-
feat of Lyndon Johnson will destroy the
splendid domestic achievements of the
Great Society. For what this summer's
outbreak of riots and rebellions indicat-
ed was that even where adequately fund-
ed, LBJ's great humanitarian measures
have accomplished little
Rather than supporting a Republican,
these dissident Democrats should carry
their protest and educational effort into
the general election through some kind
of third party effort.
It is bitterly tragic that the only com-
fort to be found in presidential politics
will be a futile attempt by dedicated
doves to salve their liberal consciences
by deserting the Johnsonian coalition.I
But in an America closer to Dante's In-
ferno than Rebecca's Sunnybrook Farm,
one must take solace even in such token
victories as the defeat of Lyndon John-

picture in The Daily and can always use some of that
overtime pay.
By the way, I agree with your argument about let-
ting 21-year-olds drink in the dorms. I always used to
keep a bottle in the room. I think kids should. It will
break the tension during an all-nighter.
When you get a chance stop by the office for a chat,
And don't forget to remind Marty Lieberman he's free
to use my Volkswagen whenever he needs it.
Best Regards,
Thanks for your letter. As things stand now we're
planning to stage our test case in South Quad on Oct. 13.
About 185 freshman girls are going to come in after
curfew. When the housemother attempts to issue late
minutes, they'll start screaming, which will touch off a
spontaneous demonstration. The next day we're going
to bring 5,000 over to sit-in at the administration build-
ing, plus another 50 in your office. (Please don't forget
to leave your door unlocked this time).
Try to figure out a way to have President Hatcher
in town for this one. It'll probably be the last sit-in
before he retires and we wouldn't want him to miss it
for anything.
Incidentally, I'm enclosing a little gift for you from

and Bruce
SGC. It's a VISA card which is ood for discount on
all kinds of stuff-including pizzas, clothing, and gas
Your friend,
P.S. Marty said he'd be by for the VW about 3 p.n
Wednesday. Please don't leave him an empty tank this
time-or at least leave your Gulf credit card in the glove
Just a note to tell you that the demonstration was
the best I've ever seen here. Eric Chester and the fine
Voice crew did a first rate organizational job. Harlan
Hatcher still can't locate his teapot, Mike Raddock is
lost without his mimeograph machine, and Bill Pierpont
is still hunting for his checkbook.
Robben Fleming was last seen driving with his family
and towing a big trailer into Minneapolis, mumbling
something about "taking that University of Minnesota
job after all."
I talked to Judge Breakey today and he says he'll
consider your request for reducing bail for all 800 kids
to $2,000 apiece. We should be able to have them all
released in time for the Ohio State game.



Letters: The Unjust Side of MSU's Tuition Plan

To the Editor:
THERE ARE many different
things of value one can
buy ranging from a three piece
suit to a college education. In our
society two individuals, regardless
of their means, pay the same
price. Is this unfair?
Dan Share seems to feel this is
the case in an editorial of Sept.

24 expressing support for the new
MSU graduated tuition plan. His
supporting view ignores the nu-
merous scholarship programs, in-
terest-free or low cost student
loans, employment opportunities,
or any other means by which a
student can obtain a degree if he
is determined to do so.
He also fails to note the exist-

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ence of graduated federal and, in
many instances, state income tax
plans, social security, and many
other income redistribution pro-
grams, all of which tax the suc-
cessful most heavily.
IN A state-supported school
such a plan is especially inde-
fensible. Much of the money
raised through the new Michigan
income tax is spent for education
and yet the prosperous, after be-
ing taxed on a graduated basis,
are then asked to pay more if
their children wish to go to MSU.
Surely the answer to what is
admittedly a problem lies in
broadening the type of support
previously mentioned-not to in-
troduce an essentially discrimina-
tory levy.
-Ron Lichty
Bus. Ad. Grad
To the Editor:
WOULD LIKE to take this op-
portunity to express our appre-
ciation for the highly professional
and clear representation of the
facts during the recent very seri-
ous labor dispute that existed at
the University of Michigan.
The editors and staff of The
Daily are to be congratulated for
their superb articles and lucid edi-
It is clear that the highly pro-
fessional repertorial work done by
The Daily staff was instrumental
in bringing about a happy solution
to a very serious problem.
-Jerry Kendziorski
International Representative
Michigan State Employes

Sound Idea
To the Editor:
SITTING in the 10th row
somewhere in the endzone at
Saturday's game, we could no
more see whether or not Michigan
had scored a touchdown at the
other end of the field than we
could see the pained look on

Duffy's face in East Lansing.
Therefore, we suggest in an old
Ivy League tradition that the
cheerleaders get a small cannon
that shoots blanks or some other
noisemaker that they could shoot
whenever the "Blue" scores,
--Hobey Birmingham 170L
-Paul Remus '70L




"Watch out for booby traps . . . !"

A Revolutionary in the Revolution


TODAY A YOUNG French man
with blond viva zapata mus-
taches languishes in a Bolivian
jail, accused of illegal entry, con-
spiring to overthrow the govern-
ment and attacking the armed
Regis Debray, 26-years-old, en-
fant terrible of the French intel-
lectual left, stands accused of
aiding guerillas, attempting to
overthrow the military regime of
Gen. Rene Barrientos. Philosopher
Jean-Paul Sartre says the real
reason for the arrest was "for
having written a book."
Debray was arrested with two
other journalists in the mountain
town of Muyumpampa on April 20.

Debray claimed he had come from
territory controlled by the tiny
(60-200) insurgent bands, to find
medical supplies, and that he was
employed by a Mexican newspaper
to interview the guerrillas.
An Argentine photographer ar-
rested with him, and later re-
leased, claimed they had talked to
the elusive Ernesto (Che) Gue-
vara, an event Debray denies but
cause enough for the Bolivian army
to keep him under close guard.
caused international u p r o a r;
French President de Gaulle, the
Pope and many intellectuals have
pleaded with Barrientos for leni-
ency toward Debray. "Debay is an
adventurer," snorted Barrientos,

The Rent Strike Is Betrayed

THE MOST RECENT example of stu-
dents trying to defend their collective
interest was the rent strike begun late
this summer by married students in Uni-
versity housing. But the strike's goals
were betrayed Monday night by a group,
elected from Northwood and University
Terrace, which officially ended the rent
boycott that had been the very cause of
the organization's creation.
The cessation of the boycott itself did
not constitute betrayal. Rather, it was the
elected members and their tone in dis-
cussing the important housing issues
which proved so contrary to the strike.
One member pointed out the futility of
the strike and warned the rest of the
committee that any action the group
would take in the future against alleged
University injustices would result in a
similar fashion.
Few of the members had even the
vaguest 'idea why they were elected or
what function they were to perform.
When the question of where to hold
meetings was raised, the first response

John Feldkamp, director of University
housing, would be busy at Ann Arbor
City Council meetings. This illustrates
the extent to which the new group plans
to cater to the whims of the administra-
tion, rather than act independently.
Only two of the members expressed
support for the strike or even the aims of
the strikers. In fact, one of the strike
leaders and a wife of another of the
strikers were both beaten in the elec-
tion. Of those elected, none made sup-
port of the strike a plank in his election
The election itself illustrates the de-
gree to which the idea of a rent strike
has degenerated since late August. A
mere 25 per cent of the residents bother-
ed to cast their ballots, and of these, the
prevailing opinion seems indifferent to
the strike.
IT WAS DIFFICULT to reconcile the
tone of the conversation with the fact
that the committee itself was an out-
growth of an action of civil disobedience.

"and it is in Bolivia that his ad-
ventures will stop."
Barrientos and the shaky mili-
tary junta, however, fear not so
much the physical danger of the
slender Frenchman as the power
of the "book" he has written.
"Revolution in the Revolution?"
(Monthly Review Press, N.Y.) is
an essay that modifies classical
Marxist confrontation with capi-
talist governments to the special
situations in Latin America.
Debray holds a professorship of
philosophy at the University of
Havana and is a close friend of
Fidel Castro. His analysis of social
revolution in emerging nations
places major importance on
"building up through guerilla war-
fare . . . a mobile strategic force,
a nucleus of a people, army and
a future socialist state."
Departing from the Russian and
Chinese models in which establish-
ed, hierarchical' party structures
directed the insurgent forces, De-
bray argues that "the guerilla
force is the party in embryo . . .
The people's army is its own polit-
ical authority. The guerillas play
both roles, indivisibly."
American Organization of Soli-
darity (OLAS) in Havana in July
became the sounding board for this
new theory when Castro urged the
fomenting of revolution in the
Westernhemisphere from Argen-
tina 'to the black ghettoes of the
United States.
Barrientos has charged Cuban
cadres with provoking the insur-
rection that ties down his small
army and drains his meager re-
sources; but Debray has become a

ban insurrection that will give
the coup de grace to the regime.
Observers of the OLAS meeting
were aware of the Soviet Union's
diminishing influence in per-
suading the Latin revolutionaries
to seek power by less violent
means. In the eight years since
the victory of the Cuban revolu-
tion, Castro has radically departed
from the European model of Com-
munism to become a major third
force in the increasingly-policen-
tric Communist world.
As Georgie Anne Geyer of the
Chicago Daily News reports:
"It is impossible to overestimate
the importance of the Debray
philosophy, because it is actually
the Castro philosophy codified and
creeditified. What this means is

that Castro's revolutionaries will
probably make an attempt to take
over, and his revolutionaries are
such groups as the Guatemalan
guerillas (where the guerilla types
recently took over the party, a
la Debray, putting all power in the
guerilla movement) and their
Venezuelan, Colombian and Boli-
vian counterparts."
striking tin miners and demon-
strating students in addition to the
growing guerilla movement. The
United States already supplies na-
palm and advisors to the Bolivian
The question is not if, but when,
will Latin American become an-
other Vietnam?



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