In the Magazines

In the Magazines

“Notes for Next Time: A Memoir of the 1960s,” by Elinor Langer. Working Papers for a New Society, Fall 1973.

Working Papers for a New Society now has published three issues—not enough to have assumed a definite character. The magazine is published quarterly by the Cambridge Policy Studies Institute and serves as a forum for innovation in social policy. Within a loose Left framework, proposals in such areas as community organizing, workers’ control, and income redistribution are discussed. Some of the contributions are quite ingenious and sophisticated, others decidedly naive. While its experimental format may or may not prove viable, Working Papers already has justified its existence by publishing a brilliant article by Elinor Langer. Langer was once an activist in The Movement, a friend of such leaders as Tom Hayden and Rennie Davis. She was also a victim of some of The Movement’s characteristic illusions and delusions and, as such, she writes to gain an understanding where “we” went wrong, politically and personally.

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