Friday, May 30, 2008

May '68

What is the legacy of the revolution of May 1968? (Via Frank Palmer Purcell on Facebook)
The real legacy of May ’68, as we see in France today, is individualism, the rejection of civic sense and ideology, the rehabilitation of the idea that personal and financial success is a worthy pursuit — in short, a revival of capitalism. To borrow an expression of Lenin’s, we were useful idiots. Indeed, the uprising was more a counterrevolution than a revolution.

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