[Marxism] David Dellinger and the '68 protests

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Fri Jul 2 17:38:16 MDT 2010

S. Artesian wrote:
> Wow.  The secret history of Chicago 68.  That's one helluva conspiracy 
> theory we got going here......
> Yes that was Dellinger's goal, and Davis.'  That was not the reason SDS 
> organized for the demonstration, or the Yippees, or the Radical Education 
> Project, etc etc etc.

Well, their organization initiated the protest and was widely recognized 
as the leadership.

> Doesn't matter what Dellinger's goal was, or Hayden's, or Davis' or 
> anybody's.  

Actually, if McCarthy got the nomination, the protest would have been 
called off. This reflected the reformist orientation of groups like SANE 
and Women's Strike for Peace, as well as Gandhians like Dellinger. The 
protest was fueled by unhappiness that Humphrey would be the candidate. 
The disappointed youth threw a temper tantrum.

> As for Hayden or Davis or Dellinger "calling off" the demonstrations if 
> McCarthy had been nominated... that's hilarious.  That's called 
> self-deluding bullshit.  

Don't you realize that when you use this kind of vituperation, it is a 
clear sign that you are losing an argument?

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