Lessons of 1968: The Rise and Fall of Students for a Democratic Society
Below are the readings for the June 19 class of Summer 2018 Socialist Night School. This class will feature guest speaker Mike Parker from Students for a Democratic Society (SDS).
- Students for a Democratic Society, The Port Huron Statement (1962)
- Mike Parker, SDS: Copping Out of American Life, New Politics (1969, PDF)
- Paul Heideman, Half the Way with Mao Zedong, Jacobin (2018)
- The Port Huron Statement was the founding political document of SDS. What are the relative strengths and weaknesses of its analysis of American society in 1962? What parts, if any, still ring true today and what parts are outdated or simply mistaken?
- Both Parker and Heideman trace many of SDS's problems to their isolation from the working class. What conditions in society contributed to this isolation? Why did this isolation push the SDS towards increasingly radical positions and actions?