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March 2009

The Right Wing on Campus


For now, check out the excellent report, "Deliberate Differences," which compares activist campus and youth groups on both the left and the right.

Group Profiles

Youth For Western Civilization
Remember kids: "girls don't make passes at boys who hold fasces!"

Young America's Foundation and Young Americans for Freedom
A tale of two YAFs

The American Council of Trustees and Alumni


Recommended Reading

For Student Power's Summer Reading

Saul Alinsky famously wrote much of his first book, Reveille for Radicals, while in jail, and insisted that had he not been incarcerated it would never have been written.

Every revolutionary leader of consequence has had to undergo these withdrawals from the arena of action. Without such opportunities, he goes from one tactic and one action to another, but most of them are almost terminal tactics in themselves; he never has a chance to think through an overall synthesis, and he burns himself out. Rules for Radicals, p.157

While we often get caught up in the whirlwind of activism & classes during the semester, summer affords us the chance to reflect on the past year's victories and failures, draw bigger picture conclusions, and of course, catch up on our reading. Here is some radical reading material I suggest you curl up with beside the pool, on the beach, after a romp in the field, or between shifts at your unbearable summer job:

Free Material:

Toward a Student Syndicalist Movement, or University Reform Revisited by Carl Davidson [PDF]
Redefining Campus Power by Andy Burns [PDF]
Student Power by Aaron Kreider [PDF]
Student Unionism and Sustaining Student Power by Charlie Eaton [PDF]
The Hitchhiker's Guide to Radicalizing Processes by Daniel Hunter [PDF]
The Port Huron Statement by Students for a Democratic Society [HTML]
A Theory of Power by Jeff Vail [PDF]
Political Conservatism as Motivated Social Cognition by John T. Jost, et al. [PDF]
Radical Theory Instructional by Michael Albert [HTML]
A People's History of the United States by Howard Zinn [HTML]

Non-Free Material:

In the Trenches
Rules for Radicals by Saul Alinsky
The Activist's Handbook by Randy Shaw
Reclaiming The Ivory Tower by Joe Berry
Consensus by Peter Gelderloos

Analysis and Theory
Education for Critical Consciousness by Paulo Friere
Legal Education and the Reproduction of Hierarchy by Duncan Kennedy
Exhausted School: Bending Traditional Education by John Taylor Gatto
Participatory Democracy: Prospects For Democratizing Democracy

The Modern School Movement by Paul Avrich and Barry Pateman
A People's History of the United States by Howard Zinn


Primers will go here. Check back soon!

About For Student Power

For Student Power, established in January 2007, is a website and blog dedicated to the fight for student power on campus -- and in the rest of the world.

Students are the vast majority in all institutions of higher education -- and yet are treated as non-entities when decisions are made. Far from pining for a few token seats on academic and administrative committees, we work toward universities defined by participatory democracy: schools run from the bottom-up, not the top-down.

Student power, in this framework, is also a solution to the seemingly irretrievably fragmented activist left on campuses. A whole panoply of student activist campaigns, from socially responsible endowment investment, to equitable budget funding, to environmental policies, to affordable tuition, to diversity, to workers' rights (both on campus and off), are necessitated because students are powerless in the face of the modern university bureaucracy.

For Student Power seeks to chronicle, analyze, and support student struggles for power on their campuses and in their communities.


Resources go here!