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WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 10, 1969

NIGHT EDITOR: DAVID SPURR

Remembering the resistors

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RESISTANCE to the war in Vietnam
grows daily.
The Justice Dept. reports that it is
prosecuting more than 300 men each
month for refusing induction. Many of
these will face long jail sentences. In
addition, estimates show that there are
now over 25,000 young men who are
exiled in Canada, either resisting or
deserting the armed forces.
These courageous individuals should
not be forgotten at Christmas. Just as
many individuals and groups remem-
ber G.I.'s in Vietnam over the holiday
season, so must those who are opposed
to a criminal war support the young
men who are actively resisting it.
NOW THAT THE lottery has forced
many thousands of young men to
consider the prospect of resisting the
war, the realities and difficulties of
such an action should convince them
that their financial assistance to those
who have already made that decision
would be greatly appreciated.
Interested people can make contri-
butions to a fund that gives financial
assistance to families of draft resist-
ors who are in prison.

Money can be sent to:
Peacemakers
10208 Sylvan Ave.
Cincinnati, Ohio 45251
Money may also be sent to a prison
commissary to be used by the prisoner.
Names and instructions will be provid-
ed by:
War Resistors' League
339 Lafayette
New York, N.Y. 10012
OTHER DRAFT resistors who h a v e
chosen to emigrate rather t h a n
participate in an immoral war are al-
so facing a long winter alone - often
destitute. Anyone interested in send-
ing money or gifts to them should con-
tact:
Rev. Graham R. Hodges, Chairman
Social Action Committee
New York Conference,
United Church of Christ
123 South Hamilton St.
Watertown, N.Y. 13601
-THE EDITORIAL DIRECTORS

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Game theory as alienation

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On civil disobedience
and the civil society

IT COMES as little surprise and even
less encouragement that the other-
wise enlightened National Commission on
the Causes and Prevention of Violence
is stymied on the elemental question of
how to effect change in this society.
After releasing eight unanimous and
intelligent reports, the 14 man commis-
sion split 7-6 (with Chairman Milton
Eisenhower reportedly favoring the
minority) on the question of endorsing
civil disobedience.
That this group was unable to reach
consensus on what is involvd in the caus-
es and prevention of violent and nonvio-
lent civil disobedience is a measure of how
polarized (and at the same time uncer-
tain) policy-makers are becoming on the
issue of dissent in the democratic society.
THE DICHOTEMY between the two re-
ports is, of course, quite predictable.
The "majority" position concludes that
the channels for effecting change are
sufficiently open to allow individuals to
dissent legally without resorting to extra-
legal mass action. The seven commission
members endorsing this stand add that
"erosion of the law is an inevitable con-
sequence of widespread civil disobed-
ience."
The "minority" position counters that
resorting to established mechanisms for
change has created a society where "'le-
gal' repression" is tolerated in the name
of law and order. "If the majority's doc-
trine of 'everyone wait until the outcome
of the one individual test case' had been
applied by black Americans in the 1960s,
probably not one present major civil
rights statute would have been enacted,"
argues U.S. District Judge Leon Higgin-
botham.
Huberty
WE HOPE that State Sen. Robert Huber
was not disturbed by the disruptive
heckling at his speech before students
here the other night. For the senator
should not be discouraged from expound-
ing his views before citizens of this state
whom he "represents."
Huber, is not, however, the kind of man
who should expect courtesy. Anyone who
has had the displeasure to speak on the
same platform with him will testify that
Huber himself is accustomed to shouting
down opponents in a manner not unlike
that of those who abused him Monday.
But it is too bad that Huber is not al-
lowed to speak, for there is a great deal
of educational-if not entertainment-
value in forensics of this sort It should

To the confusion of the concerned, both
positions possess virtues and drawbacks.
CERTAINLY, sadly, history does bear
out the assertions of the "minority."
The black man's history in America is
a continuing illustration of the draw-
backs of gradual social change.
And there are other, less infamous
examples. Civil libertarians have for over
10 years been urging support for Jere-
miah Standler, the Illinois doctor who
has been contesting the constitutionality
of HUAC. He has yet to receive a hear-
ing before the U.S. Supreme Court, even
though all attorneys agreed the case
could only be resolved there.
Needless to say, Dr. Standler's resourc-
es are not available to most citizens and
he most certainly would have received
more attention by circumventing estab-
lished channels and storming the state
capital waving a .45.
Indeed, the society in which the in-
dividual must devote all his efforts
toward effecting change is really not an
open one. Citizens should not be compell-
ed to martyr themselves in order to se-
cure their rights.
ON THE other hand, the society which
accepts civil disobedience as the ac-
cepted mode of social change can give up
the quest for social stability. If the chian-
nels are too convoluted or incompre-
hensible to be manipulated by dissenters,
then a social revolution, not mere civil
disobedience, really is required.
Too often, however, dissenting individ-
uals ignore the fact that power is based
in knowledge and refuse to investigate
the channels before they indulge in civil
disobedience.
Moreover, violent civil disobedience
cannot really accommodited in a demo-
cratic society which serves the interests of
a silent majority at the expense or a
vocal minority. Violence calls forth re-
pression equally on the protesters and the
protest; functioning channels c a n n p t
cope with anarchistic violence.
THEREFORE THE question of endorsing
or not endorsing civil disobedience
is really an unresolvable one. The ques-
tion to which the commission might bet-
ter have addressed itself is how to create
the society in which civil disobedience is
not necessary.
If extralegal behavior can in any in-
stance be justified, the legal channels of
a society should give way to accommodat-
ing conscientious deviance from the norm.
The ideal society is not one in which
the individual should be constantly in
conflict with the groun. And when he is

By TOBE LEV
FROM THE BEGINNING of September, my roonmat
Terry were virtually wallowing in alienation.
School no longer made sense. 'Terry had registered
mately eight hours of education courses, to avoid the draft
horrible but at least very cuttable. Dan stocked up on his u
of philo courses, wandering farther than ever from a care
Their attitudes were listless and negative - much li
of others who have not yet found a haven in an UGLIi
political activity.
But miraculously their attitudes changed toward the en
They owe it to APBA. The APBA Major League Baseball
Lancaster, Pennsylvania. "APBA makes you owner, manag'
of all twenty major league teams. You make the line-ups,
and pitching changes, you call the sacrifice, squeeze, hit-a
and coach base runners. Four hundred individual players
real-life records in batting, base running, fielding and p11
TOM AND KEN became frequent visitors at our ap
APBA league began in earnest. Suddenly the four sei
energized and enthusiastic. A player draft was held,
quickly named, and tiny pins stuck in an American map
In the "Jomo" division were the Woonsocket, Rhode I
the Hershey Pennsylvania Kisses, the Gadsen Alabama Doo
the Butte Montana Sniffers, The Gort division boasted the
Choochoos; the Anchorage, Alaska Lymph-nodes; the Ple
Oregon Plastic Honkos; and the Cicero, Illinois Red Nec
Tom, a former sportswriter for the New Trier High
edited Full Court Press International, "The Newspaper
FCPI came out weekly. "Results of the Willies-Choos contes
NewlMobe:
To the Editor: ported every Syrian s
A RECENT Daily editorial ac- Israeli Kibbutz.
cused the New Mobe of manifest- What it had report
ing an "anti-democratic spirit" most 21 year long con
and of "suppressing controversial lig of civilians! By
issues." It went so far as to com- there is a local disj
pare this policy to Nixon's, as Arabs and Kibbutz f
being "in the gutter with the rael, does that justif
shady manipulations of the na- Syria?
tional political machinery." Sim- Or does Miss Shane
ilar accusations have also been Syrian claims to the
made by Radical Caucus and In- Israel they seized by
ternational Socialists. returned to Israel
We feel that these accusations demilitarized) whilea
do not express our real differences, potential Israe cla
which were more honestly pro-
pounded by past attacks on New IT IS ALSO strang
Mobe's united-front political line "objective" writer o
and its mass-action tactics. most salient fact fro
That the New Mobe's policies articles quoted, the fa
in the past have commanded the osptenly d b a
anti-war sentiment on this cam- openly opltantly
pus is clearly evidenced by the si967 UN. Serity c
massive numbers involved in the tion calling for a pe
Oct. 15 Moratorium and the Nov. meclngt ora.e
15 March on Washington.h-ma
HOWEVER, to accuse the steer- D
ing committee of "anti-democrat-
ic" decision-making would be to Breach of
claim that we representall those
individuals who participated in To the Editor:
those actions. We make no such THE FACULTY S
claim. We do not maintain that cently resolved that
participation in those actions stripped of academic
gives an individual the right to it's classroom faciliti
an equal vote in determining poli- it's faculty members
cy. Only working for a sustained approval by the sena
period of time in our organization breach of academic
gives one this right, perpetrated at Michig
.While I recognize
AS AN independent organiza- hilemayIshreconi
tion, unlike a government or poit- has many shortcom
ical party, we do not claim to rep- pyoiotcady repuls
resent a constituency, but only service in a free soc
suggest political activities which accepts the premise th
may or may not be participat service will continue t
in by the campus or community.sit in the forseeab
Therefore, to apply the criterion not unreasonable view
of demoertic representation to an the Mideast, African
organization like the New Mobe, situation, then leader
which does not claim to represent rm usteprovd
a constituency, is not only incor- atrmy smustcobenprovi
rect, but is nonsensical. It is my contention
provides this leadersh
-New Mobe a realistic alternative
Steering Committee bred schooling that
Dec. 6 miltiary elite which is
with the civilians
Objectiit dangers to this nation
~~ijE~llt~ Exorcising ROTC fr
To the Editor: while assuaging the f
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he scoreboard in the early part of game two. A determined group
'knobs stood upright in the dug-out and said, 'Doggone, now
ust got to win.' But they lost."
nner conversation changed radically. "I'm really glad I've got
liva on the Kisses. That 31 on 63 on his card is fantastic against
reliever in hit-and-run situations, coming up behind Reggie
T THE APBA season was rudely interrupted last week by the
cial from Washington. The four managers had all been watching
ether at our apartment. At 9:15 I called from the library for
Dan told me they had all received numbers under 108.
r a few days the managers sat about the apartment discussing
>pective merits of Canada, a five-year teaching deferment and
ny.
thing was resolved.
.e APBA league is now back in session. If Terry's Nodes take the
ame of the season (no. 100, each game takes approximately 20
s) from Ken's Rednecks, then Tom's Honkos will be champions
Gort division and face Dan's Knobs in the World Series.
e losers will treat the World Series winner to a victory banquet
Knapp's. Plans are also underway for the next season.
E POINT OF ALL this should be obvious. My roommates should
ridiculed as deviants. Hardly. They are breaking new ground
nation therapy. I write this article as a public service.
you've abandoned all hope of finding a niche at this institution,
11 have five months to waste by all means try APBA. It works
s. Absurd, of course. But infinitely more sensible than lectures,
tests, Vietnam and the lottery. Less expensive than drugs and
ntellectually stimulating than TV or the UGLI death culture.
constituency

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

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No claims of
helling of an Cornmon courtesy
ed was an al- To the Editor:
tinuous shel- LAST NIGHT I had the oh-
the way, if portunity of attending a College
pute between Republican Club meeting at which
armers in Is- Senator Huber was the principle
y shelling by speaker.
Unfortunately, I was unable to
ahan support hear Senator Huber's address be-
tiny area of cause twenty or' thirty of my
force in 1948 "liberators" were in attendance
in 1949, but giving a lesson in rational dia-
objecting to logue.
ims to the When one is dealing with fund-
'ied in 1967? amental world problems I suppose
e to find an it is trite to worry about common
)mitting the courtesy.
n newspaper Yet, when one is unwilling to let
ct that Syria both sides present their views, then
nbatant that no problems will be solved.
rejected, and
Ats, the Nov -Keith Hartwell, '71
uncil resolu- Dec. 8
aceful settle-
mela Jones Bogentu
ac. 7 To the Editor:
I MUST compliment Drew Boge-
f ree(Iom m la on hi.' perceptive insights into
this country's auto-mania. But the
damage done to one's peaceful
SENATE re- existence by automobiles is not
ROTC be limited to traffic accidents and air
credit, lose pollution, as anyone who has tried
es and that to tape music off an FM receiver half h
must have knows (hiss! crackle! sputter!). few an
mus Tht he And to ride a bicycle today is
re. That this akin to being a passenger in a THE
freedom is twelve-foot sailboat in the midst H
fan is tragic. of the Battle of Jutland. When that o1
that ROTC the Revolution comes, we will all ity of1
ings and is have to learn to walk again. sidere
give t manymade,
ye to many -Roger E. Wiggin, '71 dent b
iety. If n Dec. 9 pool a
iat an armed Why
o be a neces-~, en $60
le future, a J) lhaudthan
v in light of To the Editor: w.ould
and Asian I HAVE just received the final versity
ship for that word: there will be no University the d(
ed. bus transportation for Student ake t
that ROTC Teachers in the Ann Arbor schools would
ip and offers next semester. This means that mile e
to the in- student teachers must: (a) hav'e making
leadsto a enough money to buy or'rent a
out of touch car, or take a taxi; (b) know an- The
sector. The other student teacher at t h e i r Teach
iare obvious, school, ora dneaiby school, who decisio
omn campus, has a car and who is willing to go were
aculty's ten- out of her way in the morning to the ser
tho mrwl Mrk tn "n r ,. . -,school

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hour, and the bus stops are
nd far between.
E ONLY attractive option is
f a carpool. Since availabil-
transportation was not con-
d whenaassignments w e r e
the chances of every stu-
being able to get into a car-
re not very good
y should I pay $3,000 (or ev-
) more "tuition" next term
others at the University? I
even prefer to pay the Uni-
$50 for bus transportation,
et .fairly punctual service to
or of the school, than to
the citybuses. At l e a st I
n't have to walk an extra
ach morning (and risk not
g my 1:00 class).
secretary at the Student
ing Office told me that this
n was madesbecause there
niot enough students using;
rvice. coming back from the
s at n o o n. However, the

221. The way you have chosen to
implement this new feature is in-
deed appalling, but nevertheless
indicative of The Daily's "split
personality."
To quote Miss Weisz: "In an era
when our country is committing
genocideuandour environment is
dying, The Daily" publishes be-
tween three and tour pages of
sports in many Saturday and Sun-
day editions.
I had the perhaps naive impres-
sion that your goal was to report
and comment on all important
aspects of university, Ann Arbor,
and to some extent national and
world news.
When nearly one half of your
publication is devoted to sports,
I believe you are over-catering
the interests of a segment of the
University population.
YOU COULD fruitfully use some
of that space for regular features
on more serions matters of non-

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