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From the LA Free Press Archive – It’s a 50-year (!) Throwback Thursday!

Charlie Manson: First-Ever Jail House Interview


This is the second Part of last week’s 50-Year Throwback Thursday. In that post, we called your attention to a new weekly feature – Military Affairs.  It reports on the growing resistance to the war within the military itself!  We also mentioned that Military Affairs should have included another article – a very small one in the very center of another one of our pages.  It included a statement from the Wall Street Journal that “an average of 500 GIs desert the  army each week.”

The LA Free Press had already reported on this growing trend  – up 300% from just two years before.  However, when the mainstream press finally published this ‘new revelation’ it was proof-positive that the war was, indeed, coming to an end; it could no longer be hidden, the military itself was imploding.

Yes, the Hippies’ had protested the government’s war, but it was their anti-war mantra that had pushed the better-self of the soldiers to put an end to the carnage.  Please consider how important this lesson is – for, once again, right now – right now – we are again asking our government to put an end to endless war and to start no more.  We are on the brink of an election wherein candidates are asked, on a daily basis, if they will make that promise and, with fingers crossed, our vote for them rests on their affirmative answer.   Instead, wouldn’t we be more certain of peace if we were to revive the chant of “Hell no, we won’t go!”?

The best answer must be informed by the outcome of previous decisions and an honest recounting of history. We welcome your request for our pages from the past.

In the meantime,  let’s just tie up some loose ends from last week.  On the aforementioned page – the one with the article on the rate of desertion – there was both the end of an article  on a fight just begun, and one that begins with a plea for peace.  The pending battle with the UC Board of Regents was, in retrospect, a beginning event to today’s tuition situation, while the interview with John Lennon speaks of a festival that never happened… but now may be an idea that’s time has come.

This is the article concerning the Regents or, more precisely, their intended demise! The very first paragraph sets forth the governing principle, and the balance of the page names names and gets to the crux of the matter – their corporate associations.
In a subsequent article, several Issues from ‘today’, you’ll see exactly how insidious these connections were, converting the institution’s higher-self into a mundane money-magnet, transforming the philosophy of education into the preparation of the corporate worker of the people, by the people, and for the people… who own those corporations.

This second page tells you how that scenario was going to be put to rest. And several Issues from ‘now’ you’ll see how we went from no or low tuition, to the albatross it is today! Perhaps here you will find the real rational to reforming the cost of educating our present generations.

And here’s the wrap up to John Carpenter’s interview of John and… Yoko. In essence, once upon a time there was a plan for a Peace Bag Festival. Not done then, should we do it now?


Per Art Kunkin… “On this page the Free Press publishes the official Santa Monica High School policy on speakers, printed material & demonstrations, as revised in September 1969. It is obvious that this is a document which the educational authorities would (wrongly) like to keep from the eyes of the public because, through the pretense of dealing with disruptive elements, a policy is declared which deprives high school students of any constitutional or moral right to have a say in their own lives. .
The adults responsible for this document cleverly give lip service to-the concept of education. However, no one who reads their own words can fail to understand that these ‘adults: are basically concerned about preventing the high school student from having that meaningful student self-govern­ment and vigorous campus discussion which is central to education today. And these authorities smugly and foolishly try to maintain this totalita­rianism over a student population which has absorbed many lessons about dictatorship and democracy, evolution and counter-revolution, war and peace through the compelling school of mass communications. ·
Several weeks ago the Free Press bannered, ‘The Liberals are Next’ in connection with the current repression of black people. This week we are bannering, ‘High Schools are Next.’ There is no contradiction. The first headline dealt with the developing counter-revolution, the current headline with the developing freedom revolution – and in our time revolution and counter-revolution are·closely intertwined. It is precisely because of the anti-democratic policy revealed on this page that the high school student is bound to revolt in the name of freedom even while the counter-revolution strives to stifle freedom elsewhere.
Unfortunately, the limitations of space have demanded that we edit this document. The editing has consisted of deleting quotations cited from the Santa Monica and State Educational Codes which gives the school authorities the right to use ‘physical control’ over students, to have a parent arrested who ‘insults’ a teacher in the presence of a student, etc. Even with these deletions, the official policy is monstrous.”
This last page of the article on the compromising of Student Rights carries two reports of which you should take note. One is a soldier’s frank admission that his mission is not to further the mission of the armed services, the other is on the Honeywell Project, an effort to put the brakes on one of the prime producers of munitions in that continuing war that that soldier does not want any part of.
Because of the regularity of these types of reports, they are now part of our regular feature, ‘Military Affairs’. In essence, it’s a validation of what we have shown was bubbling up from the underground; that while much of the public is focused on the peace and love mantra of the Hippies – love them as we do – it is the “Hell, we won’t go.” mantra of those who must kill or be killed that will surely bring the military command to their knees.
I’ll finish today’s summation of this week’s Issue by adding yet one more page to this display. It’s Page 9 where, dead center, you can see hard numbers of just how true it is that the armed forces, notwithstanding the Hippie Mantra, is, most definitely, imploding. Yes, it should have been in Military Affairs, we’ll get better at that even as we hope that the war will end before we fully master that skill.
p.s. I suggest that you try to catch LOVE, and on Monday, I’ll post both the beginning of the story on the UC Reagents (the ending is up there in the top left of Page 9), and the balance of Lennon’s thoughts (begun up there in the top right). See you then.

Dialog With A Dope Maker… (P3of3)

As the last of this week’s ‘prescient’ articles, this one may seem out of place until…  you arrive to its closing statements – a warning of immeasurable depth.

It’s author, Gene Youngblood, like Mr. Lipton, has also gained acclaim for his brilliant insight. However, here in his early 20’s, just a fraction of Lawrence’s age, and only at the beginning of the several hundred articles he wrote with us, those accolades came later.
OK, I’ll proudly elaborate – his outloud thinking was in consideration of five topics, several of which melded into a pool of original thought; his book, Expanded Cinema, became a primer for film classes across the Country. 50 years later, he is still up and running, respected world-wide as an authority on media communication capabilities. And still a dear friend.

This is his article…

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