[Marxism] The Party's Over: Bernie?s Last Dance With the Dems

STEVEN ROBINSON srobin21 at comcast.net
Mon Feb 3 10:32:20 MST 2020

> An oversimplification as to the outcome of the SDS evolution.  The disintegration of the SDS in 1969, in addition to giving birth to the Weatherman also gave birth to the Maoism in the U.S. - the RCP coming out of the disintegration and the PLP augmenting its numbers out of the split off, not directly being absorbed in American society  but first through a "turn to industry," a decade before the SWP followed in their footsteps.
> Historically, what the SDS actually did was all over the map.  If memory serves they led only one national anti-war mobilization, in 1965, and then took a turn toward fighting poverty.
> Am not sure how big a role SDS played in the student demonstrations that shook the country in 1969-1970.  By that time, the organization had largely gone through its supernova phase.  The SMC and others probably played a bigger role than the SDS detritus that hadn't gone underground or into industry.
> Having said all of that, no one could have predicted at the time of the Port Huron statement the ultimate destination of the SDS, much less its many twists and turns.  I think the same holds true with the current version of the DSA.  The organization is five years into its current phase and likely is going to face its biggest challenge` at the conclusion of the Sanders candidacy, regardless of the outcome.  Hard to see its growth at the pace we have seen, but that doesn't mean there won't be splits or new organizations arising from whatever happens.  SR 
> > On February 3, 2020 at 9:03 AM Louis Proyect <lnp3 at panix.com> wrote:
> > 
> > This is the SDS that had a lot in common with the DSA, especially 
> > through its connections to the League for Industrial Democracy. By 1967, 
> > that SDS no longer existed. Between 1967 and 1970, it was the SDS I was 
> > referring to. It led campus protests that shook the USA to its 
> > foundations. When those protests did not end the war, they resorted to 
> > urban guerrilla warfare but only a small fraction of SDS took part in 
> > that. Most SDSers became absorbed into American society and probably 
> > evolved into the liberals of the 1964 SDS variety.  Bill Ayers is the 
> > most well-known of them.

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