Much confusion within the student movement has been due to the ideologies of “Demand Nothing” and “Demand Everything.” Of course, there is one camp which lives by the mantra of “Demand a few things, most of which we will give up for concessions from administration, and even these ‘victories’ will again be taken from us as soon as we leave admin’s office, but that’s OK.” There’s also the sects which invariably believe in “Demand a few lofty things which show our commitment socialist revolution, which we’re not going to actually fight for because we’re too busy selling newspapers.” In reality, DN and DE make up the radical flank of the movement, comprising the near-entirety of the occupation movement.
While seemingly opposite in every way, both logics of demand and logics of anti-demand, and are about as different from each other as the guy sitting next to you on the bus on his way to work is from you. Demand Nothing suggests that nothing that we want or need can or should be granted to us by authorities. Demand Everything articulates the long partial list of desires and issues that we are fighting for, while acknowledging still that these “demands” can’t and won’t be accepted by the State and Capital, and that any authority that actually redressed these demands would no longer be an authority since they would be mandando obedeciendo, leading by following. Neither explanation does justice to the issues or what’s at stake, but we hope this articulated well enough the similarities between the two: basically, they are so far apart that at some point they join back together. And indeed, these do not have to be separate and conflicting strategies, but rather complementary as our movement moves forward to March 4.
In an attempt to bridge the chasm, we offer a “brief list of impossible demands” localized for UCI. We also subscribe to the demands issued by SFSU during their first occupation.
- Institutional support for AB540 students, including full access to grants or fee waivers. If AB540 students cannot access FAFSA-based aid, the UCI administration should find other funding sources, including private donors. (read all 34 demands)