By Anthony Ashbolt
The San Francisco Bay region was once a gathering aspect for radical politics and counterculture within the Nineteen Sixties. before there was little realizing of what made political tradition right here specified. This paintings explores the improvement of a neighborhood tradition of radicalism within the Bay sector, one who underpinned either political protest and the counterculture.
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And they, in turn, become successful merchants of political mythologies. Banking upon failures of memory, they invent a past full of political blindness and moral turpitude. Their words become little more than ‘memoryless repetition’65 of dogma designed for ex radicals. In his autobiography, Norman Podhoretz asked: ‘Where then does radicalism now live? … In self-hatred and self-contempt. 67 Chronicles of absolute disillusionment tend, unfortunately, to reflect absolute intellectual decay. 68 Horowitz has been particularly adept at such self-advertisement.
They have, in short, a new politics. 49 Student was an important contribution to literature on the student movement and Horowitz’s later work was even more significant. 50 In the mid-1960s, having left America, he was a research director of the Bertrand Russell Peace Foundation in England. By 1968 he had returned to the San Francisco Bay Area and was an editor of the renowned radical magazine Ramparts. 52 He was, however, becoming increasingly cranky about the undisciplined adventurism and vulgar ideological contortions of some groups within the American New Left.
57 A degree of union job control was cut back and even the cooperative nature of longshore work was undermined. 58 The work was made easier but automation atomized longshoremen and helped undermine their working community. Because of limitations in San Francisco’s waterfront, longshore operations were mostly shifted to Oakland when the new technology was being introduced. A once vibrant neighbourhood was slowly dismantled, leaving in its stead the plastic trappings of commercialism Fisherman’s Wharf style.
A Cultural History of the Radical Sixties in the San Francisco Bay Area by Anthony Ashbolt