The New Left

5:00 PM, October 3, 2010

Location: Ryerson
Lecture by Watson Ladd
Abstract

The 1967 Citroen strike initiated a wave of student uprisings around the world that lasted well into the 1970’s. Politically these groups were most definitely against the structures of industrial capitalism, and had a clear idea of what was required to seize power. Governments in China, France, and the US toppled in response. Yet, when the smoke cleared nothing had changed. The increasingly violent tactics of protest, together with even stranger politics, ultimately failed to change anything. This talk will explore the politics of the New Left, and how the roots of their defeat were rooted in their politics.

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