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Posted by PCIntern in General Discussion
Sun Oct 23rd 2011, 08:57 AM
I was in an English class at my University and when I exited, there was a great gathering in the center of the academic quadrangle. It seemed that the Nixon Administration had announced that it had mined Haiphong Harbor in North Vietnam and this was considered by the student leaders to be so reprehensible that we should act as a revolutionary body and take over the administration building. So a large group of us went over there and very politely asked the staff to leave, which they did for the most part, and the Administration officials stayed around to talk and even posed for pictures with some of the demonstrators!!

I for one, avoided such 'social' contacts...a month later, charges were brought against many of the students pictured in the photos, with proof of their participation being the pictures themselves. It was a mess...they held 'trials' on campus and a few students were in REAL trouble...the results of which I don't specifically recall, but it wasn't great. They were show trials and punishment was meted out - and for you younger folk, in those days, there was not a prayer that a med school or law school would take you if you were the subject of significant University disciplinary action. Lives were changed that day.

But what I found fascinating about that moment in the center of the quad was that a group of people was moved to action by a particularly egregious (at that time) spark and we acted as a herd and performed actions rather precipitously without thinking of consequences. Now I'm not saying that we did anything wrong, it was just the manner in which we acted was so spontaneous, and the one thing which TPTB know, is that one bad judgement call can cause a movement to gel almost instantaneously with unknown but possibly significant results.
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