I have watched a bellicose exchange over the Panthers for several days with
amazement and bewilderment.
Mr. Horowitz has labeled me an "unreconstructed leftist" so we're hardly
friends, but I am very glad he's decided to stop by Sixties-L and share his
views with his construction of the evidence.
He is precisely correct that this list gets better with discourse.
Contentious debate not only adds dimension to what we call "the sixties" in
its intellectual context, rancor also contributes to a virtual gestalt
reminiscent of the era we purport to examine.
There is nothing he can write here that will hurt my feelings or diminish my
intuitive beliefs about an era I experienced first hand. He can enlighten me;
he can challenge me; and he can push me deeper into reflection. That's the
only power he has over this unreconstructed leftist.
Somewhere in all of this remains an indelible search for the truth. Two
hundred years from now, a future journalist will tersely summarize the
discord of the late 1960's and early 1970's, and our sacrifices will be
praised or discredited. Our descendents will be proud or disgusted.
We plant some of the seeds of that future retrospective here and now. It's
worth angst over who is correct (oops, I almost wrote "right").
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