Fwd: Re: [sixties-l] Rebels with a Cause

From: John Johnson (change@pacbell.net)
Date: Mon Mar 05 2001 - 23:20:04 EST

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    Some interspersed comments from a friend about the review.

    > > > addressed. Of the 28 interviewees, two are African American and one
    > > > Latino; this accurately reflects SDS's composition so it was a
    > reasonable
    > > > selection. However, the larger movement of the 1960s was not just more
    > > > multiracial; in many cases it was led by people of color. This point is
    > > > never adequately explored.
    >In fairness, the film is conceived as a history of SDS, not as an overall
    >analysis of the 60s.
    > > >
    > > > In general, the film's structure of going back and forth between SDS
    > > > specifics and the broader contours of 1960's movements leaves a
    > > > certain unclarity. While acknowledging the foundation stone of the
    > > > Civil Rights movement, the film sometimes gives SDS too much
    > > > credit for actions that had various sponsors. Even within the strictly
    > > > SDS framework, the film gives superficial attention to the effects of
    > > > the women's liberation movement on SDS.
    >There they go. You can see the dogmatic weaknessess right there:
    >white-male dominated SDS could not possibly be the guiding light of a
    >radical-oriented movement. That role is the (almost metaphysical)
    >appurtenance of the oppressed minorities, including of course women, two
    >of whom co-authored the article and one of whom has her fat ass ensconced
    >in a Women's Studies Department.
    > > > the working class in social change, the links between racism and
    > > > capitalism/imperialism, and the relationship of male supremacy and
    > > > (in 1969) homophobia to capitalism, imperialism, and militarism. That
    > > > was also the period when discussion increased about the repression of
    > > > women and gays within radical movements.
    >I was not here in 68 and 69, and while I'm aware that women's issue were
    >being discussed and written about in 1969 (in a radical perspective), I
    >don't remember the homophobia thing. Anyway, those did not constitute an
    >evolution, but rather an involution and the beginning of fragmentation of
    >the movement and its degeneration into identity politics. But the authors
    >of this review emphasize those developments and recite the mantra of the
    >last twenty years: the problem is patriarchal, eurocentric capitalism; the
    >solution is feminism, gay liberation and multiculturalism or "diversity,"
    >practically meaningless notions.
    > > >
    > > > In 1968 and 1969, still more North American self-determination
    > > > movements exploded^Chicano, Puerto Rican, Native American, Asian
    > > > American. Radical projects, such as the Venceremos Brigade and the
    > > > National Congress on Latin America (NACLA) were established by SDS
    > > > activists and survive to the present (unlike SDS as an organization).
    > > > Marxist
    > > > parties or groups and new magazines like Radical America were initiated,
    > > > largely by former SDS members.
    >Sure, and look how much more they have accomplished compared to SDS. And
    >how relevant they are today.
    > > >
    > > > Nineteen sixty-eight was the key time for the film to broaden its brush
    > > > and capture the period in all its complexity, explaining what
    > happened to
    > > > SDS in that context. But exactly at that point the film narrows to the


    >Yakkity-yak. Stale, boring self-serving rhetoric/
    >These folks are mostlu propagandizing and trying to hang on to their own
    >little niche of the "Left" market.

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