The Sticking Place

Right Face, Left Face: The Columbia Strike

Samuel Hays

The Columbia student strike played a sharply different role in the life of the two fringes of the political spectrum. Viewing events from the opposite end of politics from which they  took place, the Right discovered confirmation of its well-established explanations for and cures of the ills of modern America. To the Left, however, deeply involved in the events themselves, the strike served not merely to confirm the coercive power of the establishment, but to present a critical stage of self-development.

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