The New Left and the 1960s : Collected Papers Volume III by Herbert Marcuse

By Herbert Marcuse

Quantity III of Herbert Marcuse's accrued Papers focussing at the New Left flow for whom he supplied theoretical and political assistance. the recent fabric amassed during this and accompanying volumes presents a wealthy and deep snatch of the period and.

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S. intervention in Vietnam as imperialist, a position he sketched out in an article collected in this reader, “The Inner Logic of American Policy in Vietnam” (pp. A. Teach-In on March 25, 1966. In an April 1966 conference on “Karl Marx in the Modern World” Marcuse asserted that Vietnam should not be considered as an isolated entity, but as part of a world capitalist system in which the United States was fighting for domination and to control markets and sources of cheap raw materials. 21 20 In works like EC, SM and ODM, Marcuse’s commitment to socialism is muted and is often expressed elliptically.

5L, p. 93) Marcuse’s revolutionary hopes were based on the belief that Third World liberation struggles were weakening the global framework of capitalism and were shifting the balance of power from capitalism to socialism. His argument was that: by virtue of the evolution of imperialism, the developments in the Third World pertain to the dynamic of the First World, and the forces of change in the Introduction 25 former are not extraneous to the latter . . The National Liberation Fronts threaten the life line of imperialism; they are not only a material but also an ideological catalyst of change.

The student generation that became active in those years did not need a father figure, or grandfather figure, to lead them to protest against a society which daily revealed its inequality, injustice, cruelty and general destructiveness. 45 Marcuse’s actual involvement with the New Left was stormy. A. 46 While, in 1967, Marcuse’s defense of socialism and revolutionary violence was acclaimed in Berlin, in 1968 his comments on utopian socialism were met with disdain by some of the same students. Many of the New Left were angry, impatient and ready to tear down the “monster” and slay the “beast” immediately.

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