"There's a real lack of historical memory [in America]," says Akemi, pointing out that American students are not familiar with the US student protests of the '60s the way Chilean students are with student protests of the early '00s. "In Chile, not that long ago, there was a pretty vibrant student movement."

Chinich believes the Occupy movement could provide just the bit of historical memory that the current generation of radicalized students need to start fighting back on campuses this year. "People remember Occupy," he says. "People have become radicalized. You hear people talking in terms of anti-capitalism, like it's a normal thing, in ways you didn't hear 10 years ago. I'm excited. I'm not saying it's not going to be hard. It's just gotten so bad that people don't see a future for themselves if they don't change the system."

Liz Pelly can be reached at lpelly@phx.com.

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