12.02- Political Thought of the 60s- Students and Women

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12/02/08 Political Thought of the 60’s- Students and Women I. The 50’s Background -so much of the 1960’s was in reaction to the 1950’s -complacency, conservatism, and the Cold War -presided over by Eisenhower -anti-communist hysteria -little questioning of authority, little room for dissent -eventually minorities refused the ideology of complacency and conservatism -embrace dissent and move to revolt II. Political Thought of the Student Movement -The “New Left”, SDS, and Participatory Democracy -the “New Left” -title taken on to distinguish themselves from the “Old Left” -“Old Left” relied on Marxist theory -Capitalism would bring about its own destruction -working class would be the agent of that change -emerges around four basic convictions 1. Working class was not an agent of change in America -co-opted into consumerism and patriotism -young intellectuals were the new agents of change 2. Soviet Union/Marxism was not the wave of the future -betrayal of principles of democracy and freedom 3. Principle problem of Americans was a loss of democratic
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