I: From Criticism to Terrorism
Around 1960 a series of civic upheavals began that made the West tremble. Contrary to the predictions of Marxism, the crisis was not an economic one, nor was its central protagonist the proletariat. It was a political crisis
and, even more, a moral and spiritual one; its agents were not workers but a privileged group: students. In the United States the rebellion of the young played a decisive role in discrediting American policy in Indochina; in Western Europe it shattered the credibility and prestige of governments and institutions, if not their power.
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