>Date: Wed, 24 Jan 2001
>From: Doug Burn <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>Subject: Re: Where Will Critical Culture Come From?
>At 05:48 PM 1/23/2001 -0800, you wrote:
>>Blue Jay Way
>>Where Will Critical Culture Come From?
>>by Marshall Berman
>I found the piece fascinating an evocative but the author of Adventures in
>Marxism forgets that there were two schools of critical culture back in
>the 60s and the Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) and the others
>that triumphed were the wet blankets of the age.
>Have we forgotten the Merry Pranksters, Fire Sign Theatre, Paul Krassner
>(The Realist), Timothy Leary, Robert Crumb et al?
>I don't recall the New Left (yeah, they were called 'New' back then)
>involved in any Be Ins or doing much street theatre.
>The SDS, in particular, evolved into a very intolerant group that was best
>known on campus in the early 70s for shutting down the 'critical culture'
>of any group that failed to share their hard line agenda.
>The prospects of a 'critical culture' revival (something I'd support) will
>require a renewed commitment to free speech and tolerance of dissent and
>eccentricity. I see nothing remotely like that in the actions of the
>anti-globalism demonstrators. Like the SDS, they appear to be more
>interested in shutting things down than opening things up.
>What's needed, in my opinion, is greater openness and spontaneity, a
>willingness to stir up debate without a predetermined agenda as to who
>Those are my two cents worth (1.35 cents Canadian)
>Doug Burn, Toronto
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