The Sticking Place

A Flawed Example of the Radical Movement

Kirkpatrick Sale

The hullabaloo over the surfacing of Mark Rudd, as I read it, seems intended to suggest that at least the radical movements of the 1960s and 1970′s are at an end. Look, there’s Mark Rudd, the very symbol of protest and rebellion, coming back home, tail between his legs, “apparently ready” now, as The Daily News put it, “to fight for political change within the establishment.” The commentators seem to be saying, along with Rudd’s father, that once a man reaches 30, as most college students of the 1960s have, he is “too old to be a revolutionary” and should settle down to a more realistic life.

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