Editor of New York Times: Re: The WeatherMen (NYTimes June 12 04)
Re: The WeatherMen (NYTimes June 12 04)
The Times posses the Weathermen of the sixties as the radical left,
terrorists. They were terrorists, but they were only liberals with
bombs. Now they were liberals without bombs, and are often just rich.
The crux of the Weatherman position was that the US working class, and
most others, were hopelessly corrupt, enemies of the people of the
world. They adopted the typical path of terrorists, substituting bombs
for mass conscious educational action toward democratic change. They
blew up workers and monuments, and declared themselves ever so tough.
Still do. Proof? Scary tattoos.
The Weathermen were never a big movement and they never wanted a real
mass movement. They saw themselves as vastly superior. They were
voted out of the mass Students for a Democratic Society in the late
sixties. Mostly children of wealth, Weathermen took leadership from
agent provocateurs, police agents, who sought to wreck the left with
images of Weather-terror.
Terrorism is an open admission of hopelessness. It nearly always
reverberates on those who its promoters claim to champion. It is not a
weapon against tyranny, but a boomerang that recreates tyranny in
The anti-war movement succeeded in spite of the Weathermen, not because
of them. Many of its members are still around, working for democracy
and justice, wanting not so much to be recognized, but to do something.
San Diego State University