[Marxism] Fwd: Tom Hayden’s Haunting

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Thu Oct 27 07:12:27 MDT 2016

As an old SDS-er, I found it hard to see Tom Hayden go. However 
meandering his path, he was at the heart of radical history in the 60s, 
an erstwhile companion, if not always a comrade, on the route of every 
boomer lefty.

One of his finer moments for me, which I’ve never seen mentioned 
(including among this week’s encomia) since he wrote it, was his 2006 
article, published on CounterPunch with an introduction by Alexander 
Cockburn, in which he apologized for a “descent into moral ambiguity and 
realpolitick that still haunts me today.” It would be respectful of 
Hayden’s admirers and critics, on the occasion of his passing, to 
remember which of his actions “haunted” him the most.

The title of the article says it clearly: “I Was Israel’s Dupe.” In the 
essay, Hayden apologizes for his support of the Israeli invasion of 
Lebanon in 1982, which was for him that “descent into moral ambiguity” 
More importantly, he explains why he did it, in a detailed narrative 
that everyone should read.


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