[sixties-l] Turning Point of Century?

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Date: Sat Jun 24 2000 - 15:36:09 CUT

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    Scott Kerlin <skerlin@teleport.com> writes:

    "One of the core topics we discussed in my
     sociology seminar in the U.S. last term was
     the question of whether 1968 should be
     considered *the* turning point year of the
     last half of the 20th century, and whether
     the election of Nixon was ultimately the
     beginning of the end of the illusion of
     democracy that had for so long pervaded
     American political ideology. "

    I think one of the big turning points of the
    century happened in Germany during January

    German communists were on the verge of
    conducting a revolution in that country, and
    were even occupying the capitol.

    They were smashed by a campaign of violence
    led by the Frei Korps, the nucleus of which
    was the same gang of thugs who later formed
    the leadership of the Nazi SA (Storm Troopers).
    The Frei Korps murdered Rosa Luxemburg.

    Imagine what the 20th Century would have been
    like if Luxemburg and her comrades had been
    successful: a Berlin-Moscow alliance, no
    Hitler, no World War II, and perhaps no Stalin.
    SOcialist movements all over the world would
    have been given a boost by such an event.

     ~Michael Wright
      Norman, Oklahoma


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