James Miller, “The Prophet of the Powerless”

Category : Politics

“Where does one begin thinking about manifestos?” wondered Tom Hayden in the spring of 1962. The existing political groups scarcely offered food for thought. “The socialistic parties are in a shambles,” he write, “the working class etc. is just not the missionary force we can count on,” the “civil rights leadership,” though “more militant than most,” was still oriented around a single issue. “I have the impression,” wrote Hayden, “that we have been our own leadership to a far greater degree than most ‘student radicals’ of the past… We are, like it or not, young intellectuals in an anti-intellectual society.”

Source: Democracy is in the Streets (NY:Simon and Schuster, 1994): 78-91

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