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THE MICHIGAN DAILY

Tuesday, October 29, 1968

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The capital of the state of

grace?

Your head!

By RALPH J. GLEASON
Liberation News Service
BERKELEY - So what's
next? Even McCarthy, even
Clean Gene, really didn't deal
with what we all saw happen in
Chicago. And Jerry Rubin car-
rying a plastic gun to HUAC is
lust as silly as appearing there
in taRevolutionry War Army
uniform he didn't even know
who Paul Revere and the Raid-
ers were) .,
Humphrey spoke in San
Francisco and I saw a picture
of Steve Weissman being arrest-
ed. Weissman was one of the
leaders of the FSM at Berkeley,
a brilliant tatician and a mar-
velous speaker. But what can
be more symbolic of all the
depth of the frustration than
to be arrested protesting a
Humphrey rally?' Such dedica-
tion deserves a better incident,
if not a better cause.
Is there a death wish in
America? Is it true, as it seems
to be true the deeper you go
into it, that there is, some-
where inside the human organ-
ism, a desire to self-destruction
that cannot be altered? Is it
really true that it must all be
done wrong, in basic evil, by
people who insist on never
knowing what really happened
and base hard actions on hal-
lucinations. As the Vietnam
War has been based?
Has all of history been like
this? Must it always be thus?
Must we be asked to storm the,
beaches in a frontal assault
everi though more people get
killed that way? We did in
World War II. Must we always
make the decisions that it is
better to have more tanks that
are less safe and win with
abundance than to redesign the
tank for safety? We made that
decision in World War II, and
it'a documented in the U.S.
Armny Official History, Depart-
ment of Ordnance.
There were never any riots
on. the Berkeley campus, yet
even Paul Goodman acquiesced
in the concept that there were
(as well as calling Deans and
Regents by their first names,
andi FSM leaders by their 'last
andsaying "you people" to the
students). Millions now believe
that the cops were . provoked
beyond reason in Chicago, that
professional agitators took over
Berkeley streets, and blah and
blah and bah
What makes Wallace so at-
tractive to labor unions (to la-
bor unions! shades of Woodie
Guthrie), as well as to middle
class 0itizens everywhere? He
stands for specific things and
he makes them feel the issues
can be dealt with. He speaks to
the mythology in their blood,
handed down from their par-
ents..anid re-enforced by TV,
and :the flicks. The Great
Scriptwriter Inthe Skycan
control the action.
So the cops are not just
knocking in the heads of blacks
and Latins and mInorities now,
they are clubbing their own
children. What is nqt? How
can it be stopped?nIs there,
really, anything to do?
Jimi Hendrix plays the "Star
Spangled Banner" as the in-
troduction to "Purple Haze."
He does not do it as Jose Feli-
ciano sang it at the World Se-
ries. He does it screwing the
guitar and it is, I submit, a
revolutionary act surely as im-
portant as getting arrested at a
Humbert Humbert rally.
Make no mistake, The Sys-
tem runs like a computer and
ran like, one before the comu-
ter as 'invented. It will auto-
matically co-opt whatever it
ca. Big' Brother & the Hold-
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for money now. When they
played a "benefit" for The Ma-
trix, 4 tiny club where they
worked in the early days, they
asked for and got 1% of the
club. And they got their 60%
when they played at the Carou-
sel, even though it was operat-
ed by the last stand of the hip-
pies. The System will buy ev-
erything it can. It always has.
And it doesn't have to kill the
rest, either. It isolates rather
than destroys. My out-of-con-
trol paranoia, Goddess of the
Sixties, keeps hinting that LBJ

will declare a national state of
emergency prior to election
day, using some obscure law
that Abe Fortas is busy look-
ing up, with help from the oth-
er Supreme Court Justices-all
but Douglas-right this minute.
And he will suspend the con-
stitutions declare the election
is ;off and stay in office and
Hubert and Dick will join
ranks.
I don't know. It could hap-
pen. What is any wilder about
that than about the rest of it
which we know HAS happened.
And what is truth and what is
history anyway? And who
knows?
The hippies presented no
program for the New Life, they
say. And when asked for his
program for social justice, Joe
MacDonald of Country Joe &
the Fish said "Free music in
the park."
Deal with that! Do not dis-
miss it saying the billyclub is
the answer to poetry. No, it is
not. When I hear the word cul-
ture I reach for my gun. Oh
yeah?
Politics has failed. My God,
if we need more proof of that
than any hour of the evening
news on TV, we are blind.
No, the hippies and The
Beatles and the Pop musi-
cians present no Program for
Improvement of the Society.
What they do is to present a
program for improvement of
the human race beginning with
the changing of the heads of
the young people of the world.
You can't change the society
until you reach a state of grace
and, as poet Jerry Greenberg
asked, "What is the capitol of
the state of grape?"
You say the killing in Viet
Nam is murder? I agree. Who
is guilty when the demonstra-
tor gets killed? As he will, as
he will.
The political radicals have
the right enemids, they have
courage and, some o them,
even have a program for Im-

provement of the Society which
makes a kind of sense.
But they all have the old
approach. You can't make an
omelet without breaking eggs.
True, man, true. But you better
figure out how to make a revo-
lution without killing people or
it won't work. We've had all
that. We really have.
Nothing I have read by SDS
and the rest is as relevant as
Allen Ginsberg's poems. None
of it says as much to me as Bob
Dylan and none of it inspires
like the simple act of the
Beatles singing "Hey Jude" on
TV.

Religion may very well have
been the opiate of the people
and we may not need religion
again in this world. But we
need hard politics less. Auto-
mation, technology, communi-
cation and the rest have made
a world in which neither Rich-
ard Daley, Lyndon Johnson nor
Chairman Mao has the real
answer.
It's all very well to talk
about dying on your feet being
better than living on your
knees. Just don't ask me to do
it. I'd rather be red than dead
and I would also rather be

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Counting his money? You don't
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The Beatles started something
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