It is no great secret that the terminal crisis of capitalism is before our eyes: the welfare state, the bitter product of two world wars, the child of Hitler and Noske, wherein a certain social safety net was provided for a measure of social peace, is in the process of being forcibly liquidated by the exigencies of an incresingly bankrupt social system. This much is evident to all those who have a basic thinking capacity. And thus, those who are protesting for a defense of this transient historical form will find nothing here of value, nor even anything here addressed to them.
The past week saw occupations¹ at UC Santa Cruz, UC Los Angeles, San Francisco State University, Fresno State University, UC Berkeley, UC Davis, and UC Irvine in response to a 32.5 percent fee increase across the UC system. 110 students have been arrested and occupiers have demanded unconditional and immediate amnesty for anyone involved in the week’s actions.
A statement from Berkeley follows.