What's this, the gang of two or the gang of four has read Gitlin out of the
movement; not that he'd care. But the movement never spoke with one voice,
despite the efforts of those who believed it only spoke properly in their
voice. Gitlin comes out of a similar experience as most veterans of the
sixties and has always, to my mind, been thoughtful even if sometimes right
or sometimes wrong. A movement that can't take criticism, much less read
it, is already brain dead; a cadaver rather than a movement.
----- Original Message -----
From: monkerud <email@example.com>
Sent: Friday, November 09, 2001 9:00 PM
Subject: Re: [sixties-l] Todd Gitlin on the war (fwd)
> The whole point here was that Gitlin was criticizing the left in his
> article and evaluating what the left did or didn't do. Now we could
> take criticism from David Horowitz and his ilk too, but what's the
> My point was that he has no influence and is isolated, so whatever he
> has to say about the left comes from the outside and not really a
> fraternal debate...
> best, Don
> >--- monkerud <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> >> I have to agree with Jeff, particularily to the extent, "who cares?"
> >> Gitlin hasn't had any influence in the left since about 1971... I saw
> >> him around that time in San Francisco for an evening and he had had
> >> an emotional breakdown because he had become isolated from the
> >> movement. Does anyone take him seriously anymore, or did they ever?
> >> best, Don
> >It seems odd to me that both Don and Jeff are more interested in
> >whether Gitlin is a "part of the movement," than they are in evaluating
> >analysis. Does his "influence in the left" have any bearing on the
> >truth to his
> >Do You Yahoo!?
> >Find a job, post your resume.
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