well as bysimilar struggles and self organization of the social forces on the periphery of the s6trike action at its peak. In such a pre-revolution aryperiod this organizing phase is followed by new political strikes.... and so no n and so forth. More accuratly a pre- revolutionary period is characterized by the overlapping emergeance of such a process first here. , then there, with peaking and consolidation phases occuring simultaneously in many foci of the emerging mass movement.
At Columbia this has been exhibited first by the coming over of the campus majority at the time of the first sharpconfrontation.lt has been reflected in a wave of .organization among ghetto and other high school students, in the beginning of the militant strike movement among Morning-side Heights tenant organizations. The emergence of new foci around the country, with student upsurges at various levels of political maturity , is another manifestation of the mass strike phen~ omenon. And even among those students whose phillistine nature is contrary to all revolutionary ideas, we find moderates of all shadesdiligently organizing for revolutionary reforms of not only university admipsrtatve structures but the very content of the educational process itself.As the peet Shelly advises us respecting the leading the leading poets and philosophers of the French Revolutionary period,)" In Defense of Poetry") , they were compelled to express the revolutionary spirt of their age, despite their own contrary nature.Since the onset of the Columbia strike and Paris,portending a revolutionary transformation of the greatest masses of the productive forces on earth, all great things occuring to the human mind seem suddenly within the reach of poetical I ity .Under these extraordinary circumstances, there emerges a world wide uplifting of the human intellect such as has not been seen in this way ,since in fact the Great French Revolution irreparably swept aside the "o much of the intellectual rubbish accumulated over the previous centuries.
Despite many elements of apparent sponfcneity in the mass strike process during this cdntu the appp rent confirmations of that judgement at Columbia, the use of the term"spontaneity" can be destructive and misleading. For this purpose it is most helpful to recognize certain distinctions between the leadership of a mass strike process at the onsett , and the changed role of the leadership at the end , as the process approaches the state of a struggle for state power.
It is obviously possible for a mass strike process to appear to begin spontaneously. But on the Columbia campus , mass actions never appear by accident.