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1960s ex-radicals
in The politics of betrayal
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The decade of the 1960s was one of heightened radical political activity in crucial centres of capital accumulation. The Vietnam war, in particular, provided the impetus for the explosion of anti-capitalist campaigns across the western world. The period saw the emergence of a ‘new left’, whose ideology centred around personal liberation, participatory democracy, anti-racism and anti-sexism, direct action, community decision-making, and environmentalism. The ‘60s have taken on political connotations unlike any other decade; future periods would be measured against those tumultuous years, and political actors would later be judged on their attitude to the ‘60s. The period, alas, is almost as well known for the number of castaways it spawned when the period of radicalism came to an end in the 1970s, and this chapter discusses some examples of these.

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The politics of betrayal

Renegades and ex-radicals from Mussolini to Christopher Hitchens


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