The U of M played a big part in the student movements of the 1960s, and every so often, when I see a reference to the Port Huron Statement or some other landmark of that crazy time, I look around to see what remains in the same place, 40 years later.
The answer: Hard to say. Of course, I don’t always know what to look for.
But things pop up now and again. Like this week: SDS founder hopes for new revival on campus, quoth the Daily, over a story about a meeting to reorganize the venerable Students for a Democratic Society. In the marvelously clueless deadpan of college journalism, we learn: Despite scant attendence, participants discussed ways to solve problems ranging from fascism to the economy to business conglomerates.
Yeah, well, good luck.
And while I find it interesting that the founder still lives in Ann Arbor, if you were trying to form an “association of comradeship” for 20-year-olds, wouldn’t you try to find a better spokesperson for the power to effect change than this?