The rapid decline of the Sixties left was due to its assumption that the capitalist
state would yield to what were essentially street parades and a few broken windows and
turned-over cars. When that state resorted to the guns of the National Guard at Kent
State and Jackson State it became clear that street theater was not the road to power.
The Sixties left as an essentially spontaneous movement with no view of the nature and
function of the state was at a loss, and went away.
Carrol Cox wrote:
> Peter Levy wrote:
> > In retrospect, it also leads me to believe that conservative backlash was
> > not the only cause of the rapid decline of the left. RAther, many new
> > leftists had abdicated their role of recruiting younger, still idealistic
> > students into the movement.
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