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1960s radicals and political defeat
A lost cause?
in The politics of betrayal
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After the 1960s rebellions, hope and resistance soon gave way to despair and retreat: the eclipse of this radical period in the US was characterised by downturns in levels of political activity, splits within organisations such as the SDS, mass state repression targeted at the Black Panthers and others, and, most crucially, a steep decline in class struggle. Tom Hayden recalled the ‘death upon death’ inflicted on the left. Hirschman, writing just ten years after 1968, noted the extraordinarily abrupt shift in sentiment. This chapter discusses the relationship between political defeat and renegacy among sixties radicals.

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The politics of betrayal

Renegades and ex-radicals from Mussolini to Christopher Hitchens

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