retarded adventurists at best, typically with parents in asocial professions (university professor, accountant, etc.) and anti marxist radicals at worst. I believe the district attorney of San Francisco, who was recently recalled after failing to take seriously the physical safety of asian persons, was the son of two WU people. I met one of their guys when he came to my campus though, he was alright.
>I personally have a stake with them, as one of their bombs destroyed records of my father's draft card, saving him from the war
What impact did WU have on the war effort; was it negligible?
Extremely cringe yet extremely based at the same time
the biggest example of cringe would be probya be praising charles mansons' tate and la bianca murders as some kind of rebellion against "the man", and other counter-culture antics that alienated regular workers
Good cause but had the typical new left pathologies that made it hard to win mass support (and the US was probably too rich at that point anyway, it's not like today). Hearts were in the right place.
In b4 everyone accuses them of being CIA.
>but they're not terribly different from how the Bolsheviks started out
That may have been the case, but the tactics and methods of the Bolsheviks were clearly far better suited to their conditions than those of the WU. I would call them "adventurists," becsuse that's the appropriate term for people who pursue extreme methods when they are not compatible with the situation.
Everybody in the New Left hated each other or suspected them as glowies. Very par for the course.
in case of Weathermen it was justified
imagine unironically talking about how murdering white babies is good (while being white yourself)
>We didn’t want to build a broad antiwar movement. We wanted to get to the root of the problem. Radicals always go to the root, and the root is imperialism and capitalism. We wanted to jump many, many steps. Instead of building the base, we just wanted to go forward. I picked up a slogan in Cuba from José Martí, the poet who was the soul of the Cuban Revolution: “Now is the time of the furnaces, and only light should be seen.”
>It didn’t work! We thought we’d start a revolution and everybody would join us. It was a fantasy; it was a delusion.
>The freedom struggle had morphed from the nonviolent, integrationist Civil Rights Movement to Black Power by 1968. I came of age during that transition, and one of the slogans of black power, which had originated with Malcolm X, was “by any means necessary.” Fifty years ago, this phrase was code for violence: we have to pick up the gun. We joined what historian Vijay Prashad called the “cult of the gun.”
>Then we moved to militancy. Again, we misidentified the source of our power, which was organizing and coalition-building at Columbia. We moved to militancy, and we made militancy the issue. We substituted bad organizing for good organizing. That didn’t work either. For example, we called for a national action to bring the war home in October 1969 in Chicago, and we envisioned thousands of revolutionary youths meeting in Chicago to protest the opening of the Chicago conspiracy trial, also known as the Chicago Seven.
>Well, it didn’t happen. The revolutionary youth did not appear, because there were maybe two hundred of us. Incidentally, we started with five hundred people in the Weatherman faction, and in the course of our organizing we went down to two hundred. That should have told us something right there. But we *knew* we were right, and we *knew* Che Guevara was right. We *knew* it was the era of national liberation. We *knew* the revolution had come, it was time to pick up the gun, and we *knew* we had to support the Panthers.
>A small cabal of people with whom I was involved decided that SDS wasn’t revolutionary enough — the time had come for revolution! Now is the time of the furnaces, and only light should be seen! To be revolutionary is to make the revolution — not to talk about it, but to *make* it. The next thing to do was to destroy SDS, to close the national and regional offices, close down the chapters, and start a revolutionary guerrilla army. That was the thinking, such as it was, behind the Weather Underground.
– Mark Rudd
You can call them adventurist but that is the attitude revolutionaries actually need. If we had people like that operating in today's conditions they might be able to actually get stuff done.
This. Don't apologize for shit that doesn't deserve an apology, just win.
A revolution is never going to happen in America without maybe several black swan events like covid in a row, along with further divisive presidencies like Trump's, as well as economic degradation and further casus belli for racial strife.
So it's just going to rot
Well let it rot
Losing better is winning : )))
They all ended up as ghey college professors who voted for or campaigned for Obama
Was Charles Manson based?
They represent nearly everything wrong with western leftists. Comparing them to the Bolsheviks is disgusting.
it doesnt rain much but it's very cold.
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