A Cultural History of the Radical Sixties in the San by Anthony Ashbolt

By Anthony Ashbolt

The San Francisco Bay quarter was once a gathering element for radical politics and counterculture within the Nineteen Sixties. formerly there was little knowing of what made political tradition right here particular. This paintings explores the advance of a local tradition of radicalism within the Bay sector, person who underpinned either political protest and the counterculture.

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Berkeley, in particular, achieved iconic status. During an SDS national conference on campus action and social change at the Berkeley campus in 1966, a student from the Mid-West noted that the discussion was dealing with issues which were far too advanced for his campus, where they were still pondering the possibility of doing things which had been done in Berkeley five or six years before. A Berkeley Go West! 10 And this is precisely the sort of part played by Berkeley radicals throughout the Sixties: setting examples, pointing the way forward, elucidating the possibilities for the New Left in America and elsewhere.

He was worried by the Left’s supposed ‘moral and political double standard’: The left’s indignation seems exclusively reserved for outrages that confirm the Marxist diagnosis of the sickness of capitalist society. 54 18 A Cultural History of the Radical Sixties in the San Francisco Bay Area The element of truth in this observation was swamped by distortion and, elsewhere in the article, a bristling anti-Soviet tone tended to suggest alignment with cold war liberalism. It is as if he was just on the verge of saying ‘Goodbye to all that’.

58 Horowitz forgets faster than most. Moreover, he constantly stressed ‘authentic’ American ideals and aspirations against those that were held aloft by US policymakers. Indeed, he never abandoned his faith in the essential virtues of American democracy. S. 63 Still, there is a profound Americanism at work, a faith in the ultimate salvation of humankind through the goals and beliefs that inspired the foundation of American nationhood. In their initial farewell to the New Left, Horowitz and Collier refer to ‘our hand-me-down Marxism’.

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