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New Left

Herbert Marcuse, associated with the Frankfurt School of critical theory, is celebrated as the "Father of the New Left".[1]

The New Left was a political movement in the 1960s and 1970s consisting of educators, agitators and others who sought to implement a broad range of reforms on issues such as gay rights, abortion, gender roles, and drugs,[2] in contrast to earlier leftist or Marxist movements that had taken a more vanguardist approach to social justice and focused mostly on labor unionization and questions of social class.[3][4] Sections of the New Left rejected involvement with the labor movement and Marxism's historical theory of class struggle,[5] although others gravitated to variants of Marxism like Maoism. In the United States, the movement was associated with the Hippie movement and anti-war college-campus protest movements including the Free Speech Movement. While formed in opposition to the "Old Left" Democratic Party, groups composing the New Left gradually became central players in the Democratic coalition.[2]

Contents

  • Historical origins 1
    • Britain 1.1
    • United States 1.2
    • Affiliated groups 1.3
    • 1960s counterculture and the hippie movement 1.4
      • Students for a Democratic Society 1.4.1
    • Continental European New Left 1.5
  • Inspirations and influences 2
  • Key figures 3
  • Other associated people 4
  • See also 5
  • References 6
  • Further reading 7
    • Primary sources 7.1
    • General 7.2
    • Australia 7.3
    • Canada 7.4
    • Germany 7.5
    • Japan 7.6
    • United Kingdom 7.7
    • United States 7.8
      • Primary sources: US 7.8.1
      • Archives 7.8.2

Historical origins

The origins of the New Left have been traced to several factors. Prominently, the confused response of the Communist Party of the USA and the Communist Party of Great Britain to the Hungarian Revolution of 1956 led some Marxist intellectuals to develop a more democratic approach to politics, opposed to what they saw as the centralised and authoritarian politics of the pre-war leftist parties. Those Communists who became disillusioned with the Communist Parties due to their authoritarian character eventually formed the "new left", first among dissenting Communist Party intellectuals and campus groups in the United Kingdom, and later alongside campus radicalism in the United States and elsewhere.[6] The term "nouvelle gauche" was already current in France in the 1950s, associated with France Observateur, and its editor Claude Bourdet, who attempted to form a third position, between the dominant Stalinist and social democratic tendencies of the left, and the two Cold War blocs. It was from this French "new left" that the "First New Left" of Britain borrowed the term.[7]

The German-Jewish critical theorist Herbert Marcuse is referred to as the "Father of the New Left". He rejected the theory of class struggle and the Marxist concern with labor. According to Leszek Kołakowski, Marcuse argued that since "all questions of material existence have been solved, moral commands and prohibitions are no longer relevant". He regarded the realization of man's erotic nature as the true liberation of humanity, which inspired the utopias of Jerry Rubin and others.[8] Another prominent New Left thinker, Ernst Bloch, believed that socialism would prove the means for all human beings to become immortal and eventually create God.[9]

The writings of sociologist C. Wright Mills, who popularized the term New Left in a 1960 open letter,[10] would also give great inspiration to the movement. Mills' biographer, Daniel Geary, writes that his writings had a "particularly significant impact on New Left social movements of the 1960s."[11]

Britain

As a result of Nikita Khrushchev's Secret Speech denouncing Joseph Stalin many abandoned the Communist Party of Great Britain (CPGB) and began to rethink its orthodox Marxism. Some joined various Trotskyist groupings or the Labour Party.[12]

The Marxist historians E. P. Thompson and John Saville of the Communist Party Historians Group published a dissenting journal within the CPGB called Reasoner. Once they left the party, they began the New Reasoner from 1957. In 1960, this journal merged with the Universities and Left Review to form the New Left Review. These journals attempted to synthesise a theoretical position of a Marxist revisionism, humanist, socialist Marxism, departing from orthodox Marxist theory. This publishing effort made the ideas of culturally oriented theorists available to an undergraduate reading audience. In this early period, many on the New Left were involved in the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, formed in 1957. According to Robin Blackburn, "The decline of CND by late 1961, however, deprived the New Left of much of its momentum as a movement, and uncertainties and divisions within the Board of the journal led to the transfer of the Review to a younger and less experienced group in 1962."[13]

Under the long-standing editorial leadership of Perry Anderson, the New Left Review popularised the Frankfurt School, Antonio Gramsci, Louis Althusser and other forms of Marxism.[14] Other periodicals like Socialist Register, started in 1964, and Radical Philosophy, started in 1972, have also been associated with the New Left, and published a range of important writings in this field.

As the campus orientation of the American New Left became clear in the mid to late 1960s, the student sections of the British New Left began taking action. The London School of Economics became a key site of British student militancy.[15] The influence of protests against the Vietnam War and of the May 1968 events in France were also felt strongly throughout the British New Left. Some within the British New Left joined the International Socialists, which later became Socialist Workers Party while others became involved with groups such as the International Marxist Group.[16] The politics of the British New Left can be contrasted with Solidarity, which continued to focus primarily on industrial issues.[17]

Another significant figure in the British New Left was Stuart Hall, a black cultural theorist in Britain. He was the founding editor of the New Left Review in 1960.

The New Left Review, in an obituary following Hall’s death in February 2014, wrote “His exemplary investigations came close to inventing a new field of study, ‘cultural studies’; in his vision, the new discipline was profoundly political in inspiration and radically interdisciplinary in character.[18]

Numerous Black British scholars attributed their interest in cultural studies to Hall, including Paul Gilroy, Angela McRobbie, Isaac Julien, and John Akomfrah. In the words of Indian literary theorist Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, “Academics worldwide could not think ‘Black Britain’ before Stuart Hall. And in Britain the impact of Cultural Studies went beyond the confines of the academy."[19]

Among Hall’s New Left works were the May Day Manifesto, which reflected a “growing disillusionment on the left with what the authors argued to be the surrendering of socialist principles by the Labour Party.”[20] and Policing the Crisis: Mugging, the State and Law and Order, which contemporary book reviewer John Horton described as “nothing less than an analysis of how the British state is managing the current ‘crisis of hegemony'”[21]

United States

In the United States, the "New Left" was the name loosely associated with liberal, radical, marxist political movements that took place during the 1960s, primarily among college students. At the core of this was the [23]

The term "New Left" was popularised in the United States in an open letter written in 1960 by sociologist C. Wright Mills (1916–62) entitled Letter to the New Left.[24] Mills argued for a new leftist ideology, moving away from the traditional ("Old Left") focus on labor issues, towards issues such as opposing alienation, anomie, and authoritarianism. Mills argued for a shift from traditional leftism, toward the values of the counterculture, and emphasized an international perspective on the movement.[25] According to David Burner, C. Wright Mills claimed that the proletariat were no longer the revolutionary force; the new agents of revolutionary change were young intellectuals around the world.[26]

A [27]

The New Left opposed what it saw as the prevailing authority structures in society, which it termed "social revolution.

The New Left in the United States also included anarchist,

  • New Left Movement: 1964–1973. Archive # 88-020. Title: New Left Movement fonds. 1964–1973. 51 cm of textual records. Trent University Archives. Peterborough, Ontario, Canada. Online guide retrieved April 12, 2005.
  • Russ Gilbert "New Left" Pamphlet Collection: An inventory of the collection at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Online guide retrieved October 8, 2005

Archives

  • Albert, Judith Clavir, and Albert, Stewart Edward. The Sixties Papers: Documents of a Rebellious Decade (New York: Praeger, 1984). ISBN 0-275-91781-9
  • Jaffe, Harold, and John Tytell, jt. compilers. The American Experience: a Radical Reader. New York: Harper & Row, 1970. xiii, 480 p.

Primary sources: US

  • Breines, Wini. Community Organization in the New Left, 1962–1968: The Great Refusal, reissue edition (Rutgers University Press, 1989). ISBN 0-8135-1403-7.
  • Cohen, Mitchell, and Hale, Dennis, eds. The New Student Left (Boston: Beacon Press, 1966).
  • Evans, Sara. Personal Politics: The Roots of Women's Liberation in the Civil Rights Movement & the New Left (Vintage, 1980). ISBN 0-394-74228-1.
  • Frost, Jennifer. "An Interracial Movement of the Poor": Community Organizing & the New Left in the 1960s (New York University Press, 2001). ISBN 0-8147-2697-6.
  • Gosse, Van. The Movements of the New Left, 1950–1975: A Brief History with Documents (Bedford/St. Martin's, 2004). ISBN 0-312-13397-9.
  • Isserman, Maurice. If I had a Hammer: the Death of the Old Left and the Birth of the New Left, reprint edition (University of Illinois Press, 1993). ISBN 0-252-06338-4.
  • Long, Priscilla, ed. The New Left: A Collection of Essays (Boston: Porter Sargent, 1969).
  • Mattson, Kevin, Intellectuals in Action: The Origins of the New Left and Radical Liberalism, 1945–1970 (Penn State Press, 2002). ISBN 0-271-02206-X
  • McMillian, John and Buhle, Paul (eds.). The New Left Revisited (Temple University Press, 2003). ISBN 1-56639-976-9.
  • Rand, Ayn. The New Left: The Anti-Industrial Revolution (New York: Penguin Books, 1993, 1975). ISBN 0-452-01125-6.
  • Rossinow, Doug. The Politics of Authenticity: Liberalism, Christianity, and the New Left in America (Columbia University Press, 1998). ISBN 0-231-11057-X.
  • Rubenstein, Richard E. Left Turn: Origins of the Next American Revolution (Boston: Little, Brown, 1973).
  • Young, C. A. Culture, Radicalism, and the Making of a US Third World Left (Duke University Press, 2006).

United States

British New Left articles

British New Left periodicals

  • Ali, Tariq. Street Fighting Years: An Autobiography of the Sixties London: Collins, 1987. ISBN 0-00-217779-X; A primary source
  • Hock, Paul and Vic Schoenbach. LSE: the natives are restless, a report on student power in action London: Sheed and Ward, 1969. ISBN 0-7220-0596-2.; A primary source
  • Scruton, Roger Thinkers of the New Left (Claridge Press, 1985).
  • The New Left's renewal of Marxism an account by Paul Blackledge from International Socialism

United Kingdom

  • Miyazaki, Manabu (2005). Toppamono: Outlaw, Radical, Suspect: My Life in Japan's Underworld. Tōkyō: Kotan Publishing. ISBN 978-0-9701716-2-7. Includes an account of the author's days as a student activist and street fighter for the Japanese Communist Party, 1964–1969.; A primary source

Japan

  • Timothy Scott Brown. West Germany and the Global Sixties: The Anti-Authoritarian Revolt, 1962–1978. Cambridge University Press. 2013

Germany

  • Anastakis, Dimitry, ed (2008). The sixties: Passion, politics, style (McGill Queens University Press).
  • Cleveland, John. (2004) "New Left, not new liberal: 1960s movements in English Canada and Quebec," Canadian Journal of Sociology and Anthropology 41, no. 4: 67–84.
  • Kostash, Myma. (1980) Long way from home: The story of the sixties generation in Canada. Toronto: Lorimer.
  • Levitt, Cyril. (1984). Children of privilege: Student revolt in the sixties. University of Toronto Press.
  • Sangster, Joan. "Radical Ruptures: Feminism, Labor, and the Left in the Long Sixties in Canada," American Review of Canadian Studies, Spring 2010, Vol. 40 Issue 1, pp. 1–21

Canada

  • Armstrong, Mick, 1,2,3, What Are We Fighting For? The Australian Student Movement From Its Origins To The 1970s, Melbourne; Socialist Alternative, 2001. ISBN 0957952708
  • Cahill, Rowan, Notes on the New Left in Australia, Sydney: Australian Marxist Research Foundation, 1969.
  • Hyde, Michael (editor), It is Right to Rebel, Canberra: The Diplomat, 1972.
  • Gordon, Richard (editor), The Australian New Left: Critical Essays and Strategy, Melbourne: Heinnemann Australia,1970. ISBN 0855610093
  • Symons, Beverley and Rowan Cahill (editors), A Turbulent Decade: Social Protest Movements and the Labour Movement, 1965–1975, Newtown: Sydney ASSLH, 2005. ISBN 0909944091

Australia

  • Michael R. Krätke, Otto Bauer and the early "Third Way" to Socialism
  • Detlev Albers u.a. (Hg.), Otto Bauer und der "dritte" Weg. Die Wiederentdeckung des Austromarxismus durch Linkssozialisten und Eurokommunisten, Frankfurt/M 1979
  • Andrews, Geoff; Cockett, Richard; Hooper, Alan; Williams, Michael, New Left, New Right and Beyond. Taking the Sixties Seriously. Palgrave Macmillan, 1999. ISBN 9780333741474

General

  • Teodori, Massimo, ed., The New Left: A documentary History. London: Jonathan Cape (1970).
  • Oglesby, Carl (ed.) The New Left Reader Grove Press (1969). ISBN 83-456-1536-8. Influential collection of texts by Mills, Marcuse, Fanon, Cohn-Bendit, Castro, Hall, Althusser, Kolakowski, Malcolm X, Gorz & others.

Primary sources

Further reading

  1. ^ Douglas Kellner.
  2. ^ a b c d Carmines, Edward G., and Geoffrey C. Layman. 1997. "Issue Evolution in Postwar American Politics." In Byron Shafer, ed., Present Discontents. NJ:Chatham House Publishers.
  3. ^ [1] Cynthia Kaufman Ideas For Action: Relevant Theory For Radical Change
  4. ^
    Todd Gitlin, "The Left's Lost Universalism". In Arthur M. Melzer, Jerry Weinberger and M. Richard Zinman, eds., Politics at the Turn of the Century, pp. 3–26 (Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2001).

  5. ^ Jeffrey W. Coker. Confronting American Labor: The New Left Dilemma. Univ of Missouri Press, 2002
  6. ^ Michael Kenny The First New Left: British Intellectuals After Stalin London: Lawrence & Wishart
  7. ^ Hall, Stuart "Life and Times of the First New Left", New Left Review, 61, January–February 2010.
  8. ^
  9. ^ , quoting Dans Prinzip Hoffnung pp. 1380–1628.
  10. ^ Letter to the New Left by C. Wright Mills 1960
  11. ^ Radical Ambition: C. Wright Mills, the Left, and American Social Thought By Daniel Geary, p. 1.
  12. ^ Dennis L. Dworkin – 1997 Cultural Marxism in postwar Britain: history, the new left, and the origins of cultural studies (1997) p. 46
  13. ^ ROBIN BLACKBURN "A BRIEF HISTORY OF NEW LEFT REVIEW"
  14. ^ ROBIN BLACKBURN "A BRIEF HISTORY OF NEW LEFT REVIEW". Anderson took over as editor in 1962.
  15. ^ Hoch and Schoenbach, 1969
  16. ^ Ian Adams, Ideology and politics in Britain today (1998) p, 191
  17. ^ Tariq Ali Street-Fighting Years: An Autobiography of the Sixties (2005)
  18. ^ "New Left Review - Robin Blackburn: Stuart Hall, 1932–2014." New Left Review - Robin Blackburn: Stuart Hall, 1932–2014. 1 Mar. 2014. Web. 5 Dec. 2014. .
  19. ^ Chakravorty Spivak, Gayatri. "Stuart Hall, 1932–2014 | Radical Philosophy." Radical Philosophy. 1 May 2014. Web. 5 Dec. 2014. .
  20. ^ "The May Day Manifesto." An Emotional Involvement. Web. 5 Dec. 2014. .
  21. ^ Horton, John. "Stuart Hall, Et Al.: "Policing the Crisis: Mugging, the State, and Law and Order"" JSTOR. Web. 5 Dec. 2014. .
  22. ^ David Burner, Making Peace with the 60s, (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1996), 151.
  23. ^ Edited by John McMillian & Paul Buhle, The New Left Revisited, (Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2003), 5.
  24. ^ http://www.marxists.org/subject/humanism/mills-c-wright/letter-new-left.htm
  25. ^ Daniel Geary, "'Becoming International Again': C. Wright Mills and the Emergence of a Global New Left, 1956–1962," Journal of American History, Dec 2008, Vol. 95 Issue 3, pp. 710–736
  26. ^ David Burner, Making Peace with the 60s, (Princeton University Press, 1996), 155
  27. ^ American Rhetoric – Mario Savio
  28. ^
  29. ^ Lytle 2006, pp. 213, 215.
  30. ^
  31. ^
  32. ^
  33. ^ Abbie Hoffman, Soon to be a Major Motion Picture, page 128. Perigee Books, 1980.
  34. ^
  35. ^
  36. ^ Edward J. Bacciocco, The New Left in America: reform to revolution, 1956 to 1970 (1974) p. 21
  37. ^ Todd Gitlin, The Whole World Is Watching: Mass Media in the Making & Unmaking of the New Left, University of California Press, 2003, p. 179
  38. ^ Maurice Isserman, The other American: the life of Michael Harrington (2001) p. 276
  39. ^ Richard J. Ellis, The dark side of the Left: illiberal Egalitarianism in America (1998) p. 129
  40. ^ Alan Wolfe, "Jeremiah, American-style," New Republic, May 13, 2010, P. 31
  41. ^ Paul Avrich, Anarchist voices: an oral history of anarchism in America (2005) p. 527
  42. ^ a b Maurice Isserman & Michael Kazin, America Divided: The Civil War of the 1960s (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000) 169.
  43. ^ Edited by John McMillian & Paul Buhle, The New Left Revisited, (Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2003), 4
  44. ^ Maurice Isserman & Michael Kazin, America Divided: The Civil War of the 1960s (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000) 295.
  45. ^ Edited by John McMillian & Paul Buhle, The New Left Revisited, (Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2003), 6.
  46. ^ [2] Cynthia Kaufman Ideas For Action: Relevant Theory For Radical Change
  47. ^ America in Ferment: The Tumultuous 1960s, The New Left, Digital History University of Houston, updated 30-Jun-12.
  48. ^
  49. ^ To say "I'm hip to the situation" means "I am aware of the situation. See:
  50. ^ http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=hep
  51. ^ http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hep
  52. ^ http://www.britannica.com/bps/dictionary?query=hep
  53. ^ , Apr. 5, 1968TIME Magazine"The Politics of Yip",
  54. ^ Maurice Isserman, If I Had a Hammer: The Death of the Old Left and the Birth of the New Left (New York: Basic Books Inc Publishers, 1987) 174.
  55. ^
  56. ^ Maurice Isserman & Michael Kazin, America Divided: The Civil War of the 1960s (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000) 170.
  57. ^ Maurice Isserman & Michael Kazin, America Divided: The Civil War of the 1960s (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000) 172.
  58. ^ Edited by John McMillian & Paul Buhle, The New Left Revisited, (Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2003), 3.
  59. ^ Maurice Isserman & Michael Kazin, America Divided: The Civil War of the 1960s (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000) 183.
  60. ^ Stanley Rothman and S. Robert Lichter, Roots of radicalism: Jews, Christians, and the Left (1996) p. 354
  61. ^ Maria Hohn and Seungsook Moon, Over There: Living with the U.S. Military Empire from World War Two to the Present (2010) p. 275
  62. ^
  63. ^ Keith Richards: The Biography, by Victor Bockris
  64. ^ Larrabure, Manuel. "'Não nos representam!' A left beyond the Workers Party?". The Bullet. July 18, 2013. Retrieved 30 March 2014.
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References

See also

Other associated people

Key figures

Inspirations and influences

[64] The

The New Left in Japan began by occupying college campuses for several years in the 1960s. After 1970, they splintered into several freedom fighter groups including the United Red Army and the Japanese Red Army. They also developed the political ideology of Anti-Japaneseism.

The Provos were a Dutch countercultural movement of mostly young people with anarchist influences.

While the Autonomia in Italy have been called New Left, it is more appropriate to see them as the result of traditional, industrially oriented, communism re-theorising its ideas and methods. Unlike most of the New Left, Autonomia had a strong blue-collar arm, active in regularly occupying factories.

May 1968 slogan. Paris. "It is forbidden to forbid."

The student activism of the New Left came to a head around the world in 1968. The May 1968 protests in France temporarily shut down the city of Paris, while the German student movement did the same in Bonn. Universities were simultaneously occupied in May in Paris, in the Columbia University protests of 1968, and in Japanese student strikes. Shortly thereafter, Swedish students occupied a building at Stockholm University. However, all of these protests were shut down by police authorities without achieving their goals, which caused the influence of the student movement to lapse in the 1970s.

The Prague Spring was legitimised by the Czechoslovak government as a socialist reform movement. The 1968 events in the Czechoslovakia were driven forward by industrial workers, and were explicitly theorized by active Czechoslovak unionists as a revolution for workers' control.

In Europe Provo was a Dutch counterculture movement in the mid-1960s that focused on provoking violent responses from authorities using non-violent bait. One manifestation of this was the French general strike that took place in Paris in May 1968, which nearly toppled the French government. In France the Situationist International reached the apex of its creative output and influence in 1967 and 1968, with the former marking the publication of the two most significant texts of the situationist movement, The Society of the Spectacle by Guy Debord and The Revolution of Everyday Life by Raoul Vaneigem. The expressed writing and political theory of these texts, along with other situationist publications, proved greatly influential in shaping the ideas behind the May 1968 insurrections in France; quotes, phrases, and slogans from situationist texts and publications were ubiquitous on posters and graffiti throughout France during the uprisings.[62] Another was the German student movement of the 1960s. Kommune 1 or K1 was the first politically motivated commune in Germany. It was created on January 12, 1967, in West Berlin and finally dissolved in November 1969. During its entire existence, Kommune 1 was infamous for its bizarre staged events that fluctuated between satire and provocation. These events served as inspiration for the "Sponti" movement and other leftist groups. In the late summer of 1968, the commune moved into a deserted factory on Stephanstraße in order to reorient. This second phase of Kommune 1 was characterized by sex, music, and drugs. All of a sudden, the commune was receiving visitors from all over the world, among them Jimi Hendrix, who turned up one morning in the bedroom of Kommune 1.[63] The underground was a countercultural movement in the United Kingdom linked to the underground culture in the United States and associated with the hippie phenomenon. Its primary focus was around Ladbroke Grove and Notting Hill in London. It generated its own magazines and newspapers, bands, clubs and alternative lifestyle, associated with cannabis and LSD use and a strong socio-political revolutionary agenda to create an alternative society. The counterculture movement took hold in Western Europe, with London, Amsterdam, Paris, Rome and West Berlin rivaling San Francisco and New York as counterculture centers.

The European New Left appeared first in West Germany, which became a prototype for European student radicals.[60] German students protesting against the Vietnam war often wore discarded US military uniforms, and they made influential contacts with dissident GIs—draftees who did not like the war either.[61]

Continental European New Left

The SDS suffered the difficulty of wanting to change the world while 'freeing life in the here and now.' This caused confusion between short-term and long-term goals. The sudden growth due to the successful rallies against the Vietnam War meant there were more people wanting action to end the Vietnam war, whereas the original New Left had wanted to focus on critical reflection.[58] In the end, it was the anti-war sentiment that dominated the SDS.[59]

In 1968 and 1969, as its radicalism reached a fever pitch, the SDS began to split under the strain of internal dissension and increasing turn towards Maoism. Along with adherents known as the New Communist Movement, some extremist illegal factions also emerged, such as the Weather Underground organization.

which would inevitably lead to the destruction of the SDS. [57] The SDS became the leading organization of the anti-war movement on college campuses during the

A demonstrator offers a flower to military police at an anti-Vietnam War protest in Arlington, Virginia, 21 October 1967

The organization that really came to symbolize the core of the New Left was the Students for a Democratic Society (SDS). By 1962, the SDS had emerged as the most important of the new campus radical groups; soon it would be regarded as virtually synonymous with the "New Left".[54] In 1962, Tom Hayden wrote its founding document, the Port Huron Statement,[55] which issued a call for "participatory democracy" based on non-violent civil disobedience. This was the idea that individual citizens could help make 'those social decisions determining the quality and direction' of their lives.[42] The SDS marshalled anti-war, pro-civil rights and free speech concerns on campuses, and brought together liberals and more revolutionary leftists.

Students for a Democratic Society

The Yippies, who were seen as an offshoot of the hippie movements parodying as a political party, came to national attention during their celebration of the 1968 spring equinox, when some 3,000 of them took over Grand Central Terminal in New York, resulting in 61 arrests. The Yippies, especially their leaders Abbie Hoffman and Jerry Rubin, became notorious for their theatrics, such as trying to levitate the Pentagon at the October 1967 war protest, and such slogans as "Rise up and abandon the creeping meatball!" Their stated intention to protest the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago in August, including nominating their own candidate, "Lyndon Pigasus Pig" (an actual pig), was also widely publicized in the media at this time.[53] In Cambridge, hippies congregated each Sunday for a large "be-in" at Cambridge Park with swarms of drummers and those beginning the Women's Movement. In the United States the Hippie movement started to be seen as part of the "New Left" which was associated with anti-war college campus protest movements.[2]

The hippie subculture was originally a youth movement that arose in the United States during the mid-1960s and spread to other countries around the world. The word 'hippie' came from hipster, and was initially used to describe beatniks who had moved into New York City's Greenwich Village and San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury district. The origins of the terms hip and hep are uncertain, though by the 1940s both had become part of African American jive slang and meant "sophisticated; currently fashionable; fully up-to-date".[49][50][51][52] The Beats adopted the term hip, and early hippies inherited the language and countercultural values of the Beat Generation and mimicked some of the then current values of the British Mod scene. Hippies created their own communities, listened to psychedelic rock, embraced the sexual revolution, and some used drugs such as cannabis, LSD, and psilocybin mushrooms to explore altered states of consciousness.

Abbie Hoffman, leader of the countercultural protest group the Yippies

1960s counterculture and the hippie movement

Affiliated groups

In contrast, the more moderate groups associated with the New Left increasingly became central players in the Democratic Party and thus in mainstream American politics. [48] wrote in 1971 that "in its Weathermen, Panther and Yippee incarnations, [the New Left] seems anti-democratic, terroristic, dogmatic, stoned on rhetoric and badly disconnected from everyday reality".Jack Newfield Port Huron Statement participant [47] This institutionalization took away all but the most radical members of the New Left. The remaining radical core of the SDS, dissatisfied with the pace of change, incorporated violent tendencies towards social transformation. After 1969, the Weathermen, a surviving faction of SDS, attempted to launch a guerrilla war in an incident known as the "Days of Rage". Finally, in 1970 three members of the Weathermen blew themselves up in a Greenwich Village brownstone trying to make a bomb out of a stick of dynamite and an alarm clock.[2] By 1968, however, the New Left coalition began to split. The anti-war Democratic

The New Left also accommodated the rebirth of feminism.[44] As the original leaders of the New Left were largely white men, women reacted to the lack of progressive gender politics with their own social intellectual movement.[45] The New Left was also marked by the invention of the modern environmentalist movement, which clashed with the Old Left's disregard for the environment in favor of preserving the jobs of union workers. Environmentalism also gave rise to various other social justice movements such as the environmental justice movement, which aims to prevent the toxification of the environment of minority and disadvantaged communities.[46]

The Vietnam war conducted by liberal President Lyndon B. Johnson was a special target across the worldwide New Left. Johnson and his top officials became unwelcome on American campuses. The anti-war movement escalated the rhetorical heat, as violence broke out on both sides. The climax came at the 1968 Democratic National Convention.

The U.S. New Left drew inspiration from black radicalism, particularly the Black Power movement and the more explicitly Maoist and militant Black Panther Party. The Panthers in turn influenced other similar militant groups, like the Young Lords, the Brown Berets and the American Indian Movement. The New Left was also inspired by Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). Students immersed themselves into poor communities building up support with the locals.[42] The New Left sought to be a broad based, grass roots movement.[43]

Other elements of the U.S. New Left were anarchist and looked to libertarian socialist traditions of American radicalism, the Industrial Workers of the World and union militancy. This group coalesced around the historical journal Radical America. American Autonomist Marxism was also a child of this stream, for instance in the thought of Harry Cleaver. Murray Bookchin was also part of the anarchist stream of the New Left, as were the Yippies.[41]

Isserman (2001) reports that the New Left" "came to use the word 'liberal' as a political epithet".[38] Historian Richard Ellis (1998) says that the SDS's search for their own identity "increasingly meant rejecting, even demonizing, liberalism."[39] As Wolfe (2010) notes, "no one hated liberals more than leftists".[40]

Many New Left thinkers in the United States were influenced by the Vietnam War and the Chinese Cultural Revolution. Some in the U.S. New Left argued that since the Soviet Union could no longer be considered the world center for proletarian revolution, new revolutionary Communist thinkers had to be substituted in its place, such as Mao Zedong, Ho Chi Minh and Fidel Castro.[36] Todd Gitlin in The Whole World Is Watching in describing the movement's influences stated, "The New Left, again, refused the self-discipline of explicit programmatic statement until too late—until, that is, the Marxist-Leninist sects filled the vacuum with dogmas, with clarity on the cheap." [37]

either ignored or denounced them. political left Many of the "old school" [35]'."Marxists Groucho, "The group was known for street theater pranks and was once referred to as the 'ABC News According to [34] youth movement of "symbolic politics".[33], and anarchistanti-authoritarian They have been described as a highly theatrical, [32] the Immortal") as a candidate for President in 1968, to mock the social status quo.Pigasus On the other hand, the Yippies employed theatrical gestures, such as advancing a pig ("[31].capitalism and sought to create a mini-society free of money and [30]Gerrard Winstanley The Diggers took their name from the original English Diggers led by [29]

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