The Pastoral Retreat of the New Left

The Pastoral Retreat of the New Left

What has happened to the young men and women of the New Left? The movement is invisible these days, a specter regularly invoked only in neoconservative writings. Where have all the “kids” gone? Many of them are simply burnt out, exhausted (long ago) by
sectarian infighting, corrupted by the revolutionary visions, lost in the ruble of the counter-culture. It is an old American story. The flames of the political left don’t burn steadily in this country. They flare up; the young are consumed. And all that remains, afterward, are the ashes of political withdrawal, cultic and sectarian conversions, and personal opportunism….

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Wurgraft | University of California Press Lima