Revolution in the Air: Sixties Radicals Turn to Lenin, Mao and Che
Revolution In The Air is the first in-depth study of the long march of the US New Left after 1968. It tells the story of the 'new communist movement' which was the most racially integrated and fast-growing movement on the Left. Thousands of young activists, radicalized by the Vietnam War and Black Liberation, and spurred on by the Puerto Rican, Chicano and Asian-American movements, embraced a Third World oriented version of Marxism. These admirers of Mao, Che and Amilcar Cabral organized resistance to the republican majorities of Nixon and Ford.
By the 1980s these groups had either collapsed or become tiny shards of the dream of a Maoist world revolution. Taking issue with the idea of a division between an early 'good sixties' and a later 'bad sixties,' Max Elbaum is particularly concerned to reclaim the lessons of the new communist movement for today's activists who, like their sixties' predecessors, are coming of age at a time when the Left lacks mass support and is fragmented along racial lines.
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A solid history of the New Communist Movement: Max Elbaum's Revolution in the Air traces the history of the New Communist Movement (NCM) that grew out of the 1960s antiwar and antiracism movements in ... Read full review
Lots of good historic detail here, but it's mixed in with a lot of destructive and opportunistic bs about how you can't speak truth to the masses, you have to tail them. When I got to the end, I was going ok, where do we go from here? And his answer was not real clear, but seemed to say: Give up on revolution, and go help the Democrats or the Sierra Club.
The System Becomes the Target
The Appeal of Third World Marxism
The Transformation of New Left Radicalism
A New Communist Movement Takes Shape
Strongest Pole on the Anticapitalist Left
Elaborate Doctrine Weak Class Anchor
Envisioning the Vanguard
The Culture of a Movement
Chinas New Policies Split the Movement
Rival Trends Try Party Building Round Two
Fatal Crises and First Obituaries
The Survivors Build the Rainbow
The Collapse of Communism
Movement Veterans Adjust to Civilian Life
Glossary of New Communist Movement
The Momentum Is Broken