New Left, New Right and Beyond : Taking the Sixties Seriously /AGeneration Divided : The New Left, the New Right, and the 1960s, "

Michael Pugliese debsian at
Wed Dec 29 08:50:07 MST 1999

    Anybody seen this book yet? Cut and paste from, at $60
hardback, I won't be getting a copy, but that is what a college library is
good for.

"New Left, New Right and Beyond : Taking the Sixties
         by Geoff Andrews (Editor), Richard Cockett (Editor), Alan Hooper
         (Editor), Michael Williams (Editor)
         Our Price: $69.95
  Hardcover - 260 pages (October 1999)
         St Martins Pr (Short); ISBN: 0312220359 ;
         Table of Contents
         Notes on the Contributors
         Introduction Alan Hooper
         Michael Williams
         A Politics Adequate to the Age: the New Left
         and the Long Sixties Alan Hooper
         Hey Jimmy! The Legacy of Gramsci in British
         Cultural Politics Tom Steele
         Stars and Moons: Desire and the Limits of
         Marketisation Wendy Wheeler
         We Didn't Know It Would Be So Hard: the
         Short, Sad, Instructive History of the US New
         Marvin Gettleman
         The Three New Lefts and their Legacies Geoff Andrews
         The New Right and the 1960s: the Dialectics
         of Liberation
         Richard Cockett
         The New Right, New Labour and the Problem of
         Social Cohesion Peter Saunders
         1968's Unfinished Business -- Cultural
         Equality and the Renewal of the Left Hilary Wainwright
         The Long Sixties in the Short Twentieth
         Michael Williams
         The Rise and Fall of an Anti-Racism: from Political Blackness
         to Ethnic Pluralism
         Tariq Modood
         From Berkeley to Blair: a Dialogue of the
         Deaf? Anne Showstack Sassoon
         Crafting a New Social Settlement Paul Hirst
                                 Michael Pugliese
P.S. At $22.95 pb. the new book by Rebecca Klatch comparing and contrasting
SDS and Young Americans for Freedom, the 60's right-wing student group
founded under the aegis of Bill Buckley, Bob Bauman, Marvin Liebman? (the
China Lobby guy) (btw the latter two "came out" under different
circumstances, Bauman pushed out in a 70's page boy scandal, Liebman in his
later years. The San Francisco Public Library a while back( in the old Main
Library) had an exhibit on the gay liberation movements roots. In one of the
glass cases were letters from W.F. Buckley and Liebman arguing Catholic
doctrine over homosexuality. What does the Pope say, "An intrinsic moral
Back to the Klatch book, in case you haven't seen the ad yet in the N.Y.
Rev. of Books or the JAH or AHR.
   (A side point, one of the student rads profiled, and also on the cover,
is Jim Schoch, who now teaches PoliSci at Dartmouth. Years ago I remember
Jim as one of the more talented political analysts in the New American
Movement, the socialist-feminist/community organizing group that was
swallowed up by DSOC to form DSA. By coincidence the same day I saw the
Klatch book, I saw a quote from Jim Schoch, in a story in the SF Chronicle
on the upcoming New Hampshire primary. Hope this doesn't mean Jim is angling
to become the new Larry Sabato or William Schneider!)
   Entitled, "A Generation Divided : The New Left, the New Right, and
         the 1960s,"
         by Rebecca E. Klatch
              Paperback - 430 pages (November 1999)
         Univ California Press; ISBN: 0520217144 ;
>From Kirkus Reviews
         paper 0-520-21714-4 A thoughtful study of some forgotten
         players in the Time of Torment: the young ideologues of the
         dawning radical right. Radical, sociologist Klatch (Univ. of
         Calif., San Diego) observes, is the operative word. The young
         men (and a few women) who made up the conservative Young
         Americans for Freedom (YAF), a group inspired by Barry
         Goldwaters 1964 bid for the presidency, were the children of
         privilege; in this respect they mirrored their counterparts on
         the left, the young members of Students for a Democratic
         Society. But rather than preserve the Republican status quo,
         they broke from the politics of their elders at many critical
         junctures. Notable among them, in the later 1960s, was YAFs
         growing criticism of the Vietnam War and especially of
         military conscription, which they believed violated the most
         fundamental principle of individual liberty. When their older
         conservative peers demanded that they endorse the Republican
         commitment to military victory in Vietnam, many of the YAFs
         members shifted to a libertarian, even anarchist position. In
         doing so, they found, they had more in common with the
         extreme elements of the left than they did with the likes of
         William F. Buckley, Jr. and Richard M. Nixon. Whereas,
         when the war finally ended, many leftists entered academic or
         professional careers, continuing the fight for social justice by
         becoming child psychologists, family-practice physicians, or
         teachers, the young radical rightists took their fight straight
         into the political realm. Some of them, Klatch writes, scored
         great successes by organizing the state-by-state movement that
         defeated the Equal Rights Amendment. Others went to
         Washington-area think tanks, where they orchestrated the
         so-called Republican Revolution of 1994. And a surprising
         number of them, Klatch notes, went into journalism, putting
         the lie to the charge that the press is a liberal conspiracy. Solid
         research and good writing make this a book of interest to
         veterans of the 60s, as well as to students of social science and
         history. (38 b&w photos, not seen) -- Copyright ©1999,
         Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved. --This text refers
         to the hardcover edition of this title

         Book Description
         The 1960s was not just an era of civil rights, anti-war protest,
         women's liberation, hippies, marijuana, and rock festivals. The
         untold story of the 1960s is in fact about the New Right. For
         young conservatives the decade was about Barry Goldwater,
         Ayn Rand, an important war in the fight against communism,
         and Young Americans for Freedom (YAF). In A Generation
         Divided, Rebecca Klatch examines the generation that came
         into political consciousness during the 1960s, telling the story
         of both the... read more

         From the Back Cover
         "A must read for anyone interested in the history of the '60s,
         the unfolding of its social movements, and the search for and
         discovery of identity among the young activists of the period."
         (Arlene Kaplan Daniels, Northwestern University) --This text
         refers to the hardcover edition of this title read more

         The author, Rebecca E. Klatch, Professor of Sociology , October 4,
         Clarification of the main argument re. YAF.
         I wanted to clarify a couple of points made in the Kirkus
         review. There were more than a few women involved in YAF
         during the 1960s. In fact, half of the people I interviewed were
         female. Also, YAF as an organization did NOT turn against
         the Vietnam war. Rather, there was a growing division within
         the organization between traditionalists, who remained
         committed to fighting in Vietnam, and libertarians, who did
         turn against the war during the mid to late 1960s. One of the
         main points of the book... read more

         About the Author
         Rebecca E. Klatch is Associate Professor of Sociology at the
         University of California, San Diego, and author of Women of
         the New Right (1987).

                      Putting the 60s in Focus
         Reviewer: wayne thorburn   from Austin, Texas      December 11,
         Rebecca Klatch brings an important and interesting
         perspective to the 1960s by comparing and contrasting YAF
         and SDS members (both rank and file members and leaders)
         and tracing their personal histories up through the late 1990s.
         Although she has a small sample size (less than 40 members
         of each group)and then subdivides them again(into PLP and
         Weathermen, libertarians and traditionalists) she provides
         insight into commonalities and differences within the groups
         on the counterculture, feminism, individualism,and the
         centrality of political action. This is an informative analysis of
         the development of young political activists (their background
         and motivation for activism) and the changes which occur in
         their lives as they reach late middle age.

         Like many historians of the 60s, Klatch carries with her
         personal involvement in student left political activities but
         says "I have tried to set aside my own assumptions in listening
         to the stories of the activists on all sides." This she has
         successfully accomplished, much as she did in her earlier
         work,"Women of the New Right." For the most part, she lets
         her subjects speak for themselves while adding valuable
         perspective and context.

         The left's history has been written by Hayden, Flacks, Gitlin
         and other activists from that era. As Klatch observes, however,
         "the untold story of the 1960s is about the New Right," a story
         that is now slowly seeping out in the works of John Andrew
         "The Other Side of the Sixties" and Mary Brennan "Turning
         Right in the Sixties." Although a true comparison of SDS and
         YAF activists, Klatch's most valuable contribution is that her
         work adds depth to an understanding of those individuals who
         were the "cadres for conservatism" in the sixties. But the
         limited size of her sample and the resultant scope of her work
         only provides a clue to the varied backgrounds and future
         developments of literally thousands of YAF alumni.

         Unlike most of the SDS members, many of the YAF activists
         studied went on to assume leadership positions in the GOP's
         move to the right and to power in the 1980s and 1990s. As
         Klatch notes, "Having survived their minority status during
         the 1960s and early 1970s, they have helped bring many of
         their issues to prominence during the past two decades."

         Those who were active in YAF will recognize many of the
         individuals studied by Klatch - even the four who tried to
         remain anonymous but whose comments and descriptions will
         give them away. Klatch's book is not a history of SDS or YAF
         (although it covers the lasting divisions at both organizations
         1969 conventions)but, rather, an in-depth profile of
         individuals who became active in the 1960s, tracing their
         personal and political paths on to the mid-1990s. The "before"
         and "after" photos of the activists are intriguing and will bring
         back memories for many readers of a time which seems so
         long ago. A valuable contribution to anyone's understanding
         of American history in the late 20th century.

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