Sunday, April 29, 2012

The New Left Movement

In 1962, five dozen college students gathered at a lakeside camp near Port Huron, Michigan, and discussed for four days politics. This group of students known as Students for a Democratic Society (SDS)  ended discussion at 5 a.m. on June 16 and agreed on a political manifesto that expressed their sentiments. This manifesto became known as the Port Huron Statement.

The Port Huron Statement called for the creation of a radically new democratic political movement in the United States. The document called for "participatory democracy"--direct individual involvement in the decisions that affected their lives. This movement came to be known as the New Left.

But there is an interesting letter from C. Wright Mills addressed to New Left in 1960 itself.  The magazine in which it was filed has  the name,  New Left Review.

Marxist Humanism web page explains the role of C.Wright Mills in New Left.

Sitaram Yechury of CPI-M, India said in an interview that New Left still does not any new theory and program to offer (26.6.2011)
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