May 13, 2008

THE LAST YEAR OF THE LIBERAL DYNASTY:

1968: the year the dream died: The jig was up, and social revolution fell apart (Gerard DeGroot, May 13, 2008, CS Monitor)

In Europe and America, romantics are celebrating 1968. It seems that every hotel in Paris is booked for this month's festivities – even the Ritz. Anniversaries have a way of cleansing the past of unpleasantness.

But what was 1968? In New York, Chicago, Mexico City, Berlin, Paris, and London young people rose up in protest against social and political confines of the time. The ubiquity of revolt encouraged illusions of righteous solidarity.

In truth, instead of being the time when "the movement" came together, 1968 was the year it flew apart, its pieces scattering weird directions. The year was more a death rattle than a glorious birth.


Isn't that what we celebrate?

Posted by Orrin Judd at May 13, 2008 8:14 AM
Comments

The spoiled brats following the greatest generation have nothing to show for except their narcissitic indulgence.

Posted by: ic at May 13, 2008 1:25 PM
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