ABSTRACT

The spirit of the Sixties cuts perpendicularly across the simple line of progression of national and world events. As articulated by the New Left, aggressively correcting the present order and the old left, this sense dominated the ideology, as distinct from rational thinking, of the period. The New Left denied the past and angled away from its promised future. Its activists, turning their backs on the Cold War, deceptively cleared a space in the murk of that conflict, which had another generation to run its course—long after the New Left itself had disappeared.