Re: [sixties-l] Re: Nader Fiasco

From: William M. Mandel (
Date: 12/02/00

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    Last night I saw the remarkable documentary, "Rebels With A Cause," on the
    history of the SDS. In the discussion period, I said it had cured me of forty
    years of Berkeley chauvinism, to which the filmmaker responded: "Berkeley as the
    center of the universe?" I said: "Yes."
        The San Francisco Chronicle was critical of the film as being essentially
    talking heads. True. But what talking heads! During the Sixties I was impatient
    with SDS leaders (all the well-known names) because they seemed so naive about
    our society. Last night, hearing them describe where they each, individually,
    started from, I understood that that was exactly right, and their learning and
    contribution is all the more impressive because of that. To hear Ogilvy say that
    he had written a paper as a student describing how we had resolved the Cold War
    by nuking the USSR out of existence, and how he had moved from that position,
    was deeply moving.
        The film was made by a woman, and half at least of the talking heads were
    women. They did a particularly fine job of describing how the women's liberation
    movement (they didn't call it feminism) came out of their SDS experiences. Very
        For those who can get to Berkeley, where it is showing at the UC Theater for
    just a few days, I urge you to do so. It is a tool for today's youth. The
    flashback pictures showing the heads when they were students help tremendously.
    It really should be seen by everone radicalized by Seattle, Philadelphia, Los
    Angeles, Washington.
    Ted Morgan wrote:
    > Just one question re. Peter Levy's comments.  Peter states that in 1968,
    > "many new leftists made the mistake of welcoming George Wallace's rise in
    > the 1960s, thinking that they could outcompete the Alabama governor for the
    > hearts and minds of the disaffected in America."
    > I wonder how accurate this really is, or how extensive "many new leftists"
    > was, and would be interested in any documentation Peter can offer (I expect
    > from his work on the New Left & Labor).  I can understand this as an
    > emotional response to the HHH-Nixon face-off, but wonder how much more there
    > really was.  On the other hand, I have looked some at the mass media in the
    > immediate aftermath of Chicago '68, and it is striking how the news
    > magazines immediately pick up on (help to spur) a rightist/reactionary
    > "shift" in public opinion" IMMEDIATELY after Chicago.  In fact, some of the
    > cover stories in Time & Newsweek are immensely revealing of the mass media's
    > take on 60s movements at that time --all perjorative, dismissive as linked
    > to Dr. Spock upbringing, etc.  This kind of mass media coverage as we know
    > helps to "frame" public discourse and, subsequently, public memory.
    > Ted Morgan

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