AFFLUENT REVOLUTIONARIES: A Portrait of the New Left by Stephen Goode


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Goode is justifiably critical of the New Left for isolating itself from the people, for its ""self righteousness,"" and for having ""no platform but their impatience."" However, in concentrating on one particular motivation -- the psychological need for generational rebellion -- he tends to ignore equally important factors -- among them the urgency of the causes for which the movement is fought. Whether or not one believes that Goode's critique is overstated, he argues rationally and, by and large, fairly while detouring for short rundowns on Debray, Fanon and Cleaver and for comparisons with Russian and other revolutionary movements. Indeed readers will be less disturbed by Goode's opinions than by the dullness of much of his summary which captures neither the variously flamboyant and humorless personalities of New Left leaders, nor the tension of confrontation, nor much sense of the political climate in America as a whole. This essay might have been more valuable a few years ago for young people who found themselves witnessing the events covered, but even though the essence of Goode's judgment is by now thoroughly familiar the factual background will be necessary for the new generation of YA's.

Pub Date: Feb. 1st, 1974
Page count: 118pp
Publisher: Franklin Watts