Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Link of the Day: Hayden on Rudd

Former Students for a Democratic Society head Tom Hayden reviews former Student for a Democratic Society leader Mark Rudd's autobiography.

Of course, Hayden and Rudd were two very different animals. Hayden led SDS in its early years, was a veteran of the civil rights and free speech movements and, while a leftist, worked within the American system of government. Rudd was a SDS leader at its violent end and was a key player in the creation of the Weathermen. A fugitive, he lived underground for a decade before the FBI dropped most charges against him and most of the other members of the organization. He then went to teach math at a community college in Albuquerque.

Hayden's review is an excellent discussion of violence, social change, and the 1960s. Check it out.