On Tuesday, I compiled a list of predictions regarding the March 2nd Day of Action for Public Education. Campus protests have become so procedural, I asserted, that the events of the demonstration could be accurately forecasted before they occurred. So, I decided to put my hypothesis to the test and, unsurprisingly, it was not falsified. Most of my predictions did indeed manifest themselves.
Admittedly, not all of them were right. The rainy weather must have scared that annoying woman with the megaphone away. Furthermore, from what I can tell, there were not any tremendous acts of vandalism (though there was plenty of other illegal activity). Nonetheless, three of my five predictions were on target.
Regarding my first prediction that “Demonstrators will march around campus, going through buildings like Dwinelle and Wheeler Halls,” there was indeed such a grand parade. As The Daily Californian reported, “While some remain in front of California Hall, others from the rally went through Doe Library, exited through an emergency exit, sounding off an alarm, and then marched through Wheeler Hall. The group of about 100 is now circling around campus.”
My most eerily accurate prediction, however, was regarding the occupation: “The protest will result in some sort of illegal occupation, whether it be of Wheeler Hall or the Doe Library or some other building, that will cause an hours-long standoff with police and end in no punitive measures.” There were indeed two such occupations, one inside the building on Wednesday and one on top of it today– a two-for-one special! And, unsurprisingly, none of them were punished. Rather, the rooftop occupation ended with the agreement that none of the demonstrators would be charged with any legal or university infractions.
Lastly, I predicted that “these activities will have no tangible effect on the cuts to education.” I think that prophecy speaks for itself.
I must confess that I’m running out of material to write on these protesters. Over the last year, I have cranked out numerous blog posts about the legal and philosophical perversity of these unlawful protests. However, unlike the demonstrators themselves, I am growing tired of the routine. So, unless there are any striking new developments in the movement, I think I will retire from reporting on such activity. But, before I go, let’s take a stroll down memory lane by reviewing my commentary on the protesters over the past year:
- “The Blurred Limit of Expression at the Home of the Free Speech Movement”
- “An Open Letter to the October 7th Protesters”
- “The October 7th Walkout and the Marketplace of Opinion”
- “Stuff’s Going Down in B-Town”
- “The Vandals Are Getting Philosophical”
And now, alas, I bid the protesters adieu.