Mario Savio: Sproul Hall Steps, December 2, 1964

April 20th, 2010

Enemy of the State “There is a time when the operation of the machine becomes so odious, makes you so sick at heart, that you can’t take part; you can’t even passively take part, and you’ve got to put your bodies upon the gears and upon the wheels, upon the levers, upon all the apparatus, and you’ve got to make it stop. And you’ve got to indicate to the people who run it, to the people who own it, that unless you’re free, the machine will be prevented from working at all!” “Savio’s moral clarity, his eloquence, and his democratic style of leadership inspired thousands of fellow Berkeley students to protest university regulations which severely limited political speech and activity on campus. The non-violent campaign culminated in the largest mass arrest in American history, drew widespread faculty support, and resulted in a revision of university rules to permit political speech and organising. This significant advance for student freedom rapidly spread to countless other colleges and universities across the country.” [Via stonecast, see here: More here:

25 Responses to “Mario Savio: Sproul Hall Steps, December 2, 1964”

  1. trevoreriksmoen says:

    this guy is retarded

  2. vargulf19 says:

    @dooki123 The machine (As he describes) is Corporations, Government, etc…

  3. clark111175 says:

    I say government is a machine.

  4. Idolcruisefix says:

    i would say the machine is all we do, given terrible connotation, for bad parts/operations of the machine seem to get bigger or worse or both. you said economy YES, ie. the taxes and profits funding god knows what and what we do know, also the way the tv coaxes people to view eachother, also culture’s flaws all this is highly exacerbated and orchastrated from only 0.0000001% of the pop…banker scum., dumb people think banker scum actually works at the bank, raid the bank=cops everywhere yaaaay!

  5. CleverSleazoiddotcom says:

    @dooki123 Capitalism

  6. dooki123 says:

    i’m going to sound like a complete fool, but what is meant by “The Machine”? i’m guessing it’s the wheel of economy, but i’m not sure

  7. Lawyer2Junkie says:

    This will be my banner, if we have another revolution.

  8. genis7 says:

    Fight the system and all that jazz! Woooo! Power to the people, etc etc etc. Eh.

  9. HickysBoy says:

    @dlagrua A chilling speech. Yes, a hero for freedom – the Founding Fathers would applaud him! Even President Eisenhower warned of the oncoming M-I Complex in his Farewell Speech, 1960. The Machine almost has us buried – but man has free will and there is still time. Awake!

  10. dogsbreath101 says:

    He’d be ‘suicided’ these days.

  11. dlagrua says:

    This man loved mankind and he loved his country. The way he lived his life supported that. They cursed you back then as a radical and a trouble maker but you were right and they were wrong. You warned us and we didn’t listen and now it is up to us to carry on your mission. R.I.P. Mario and thanks for leaving us wih such a fine legacy.

  12. dlagrua says:

    Absolutely brilliant speech. Mario was a true American Patriot and for speaking out against the staus quo, he was followed by the FBI and CIA, wherever he went and branded as a subversive.

  13. vargulf19 says:

    We NEED to ,as a great band name states, Rage Against The Machine

  14. CptFilth says:

    What lies before us and behind us means little when compared to what lies directly to our face

  15. BrutalTruth1 says:

    Moron, eh? That was about as moronically a thoughtless statement as one could possibly make, but ought to be credited as your probable best effort.

  16. migovid says:

    Day by day the subversives of the sixties have chipped it away. We may never recover. Mario Savio was a loud mouthed moron.

  17. migovid says:

    I was there but I was not a child OF the 60’s. I was a child subjected to the sixties. Didn’t like it then. Don’t like it now. See what the attempted full on frontal assault of the establishment became after that approach failed, read Slouching Toward Gomorrah by Bork. Affirmative Action was a damaging farce foisted upon the very people who were told it was in their own best interest. They have all suffered since. NOW, GreenPeace, etc. have all had damaging effects on America’s culture.

  18. standupgun says:

    It’s a good speech, and it’s more appropriate today than ever before. The machine IS the State.

  19. shitdollarlips says:

    machine stop

  20. daijme says:

    Anyother dumbfuck who thinks America is the whole world. Rofl.

  21. amxrtdket says:

    Shut the fuck up

  22. pghpa611 says:

    We Must Stop The Machine
    The machine has no feelings
    It doesn’t need sleep
    It doesn’t crave water
    It doesn’t need to eat
    It knows not love
    It knows not compassion
    It needs one thing
    And One Thing Only
    Complete and Total Servitude
    The Machine Demands Servitude
    The Machine
    Wants You
    It Needs You
    To Be Its

  23. pghpa611 says:

    What you see tells us who you are…
    What I see is who I am …
    This is the generation that changed the world
    Revoloution in the streets of America
    Fighting to stop The Vietnam War
    Fighting to preserve the planet , clean the air, clean the water…
    Human Rights
    Civil Rights
    Equal Rights Ammendment
    So what have you done lately???
    Easy to criticize what you perceive BUT…
    Your perception was wrong
    The World Is A Better Place thanks to a generation that believed in a dream

  24. mechanism211 says:

    And now college is nothing more than a means to line bankers pockets by going into debt so that you can push a mailcart in an office somewhere. 🙁

  25. mechanism211 says:

    Pretentious much?

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