Friday, May 22

Days of Rage: America's Radical Underground, the FBI, and the Forgotten Age of Revolutionary Violence


"In 1965 Carl Oglesby was elected president of Students for a Democratic Society, the principal campus-based organization of the 1960s New Left. S.D.S. then had some 10,000 members; over the next few years, thanks to swelling opposition to the Vietnam War among young Americans, it expanded tenfold. Oglesby, a thoughtful opponent of the war, made an important contribution to S.D.S.’s success, but by 1969 he found himself on the sidelines. A more radically inclined leadership cadre, collectively known as Weatherman, was in the process of dismantling S.D.S. as a mass organization, determined to convert it (in the rhetoric of the time) into a 'revolutionary youth movement.' A worried Oglesby wrote an essay for the pacifist magazine Liberation, cautioning his successors on the perils of their course: 'We are not now free to fight the Revolution except in fantasy. . . . If S.D.S. continues the past year’s vanguarditis, then it . . . will have precious little future at all. For what this movement needs is a swelling base, not a vanguard.' ...”
NY Times
You Say You Want a Revolution (Feb. 18, 2009)
Washington Post: Bryan Burrough recounts the havoc caused by several domestic terror group
Vanity Fair: Meet The Weather Underground’s Bomb Guru
Bowery Boys History: ‘Days of Rage’ and Nights of Terror
NPR: How Young People Went Underground During The '70s 'Days Of Rage' (Video)
amazon: Days of Rage: America's Radical Underground, the FBI, and the Forgotten Age of Revolutionary Violence

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