Saturday, October 29, 2016

Tom Hayden (RIP)

For John, BLUFA Leftist, with all that conveys.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

Here his how Mr Ron Radosh, writing for Pajamas Media starts his 26 October appreciation of the late Tom Hayden:
The death of Tom Hayden last Sunday at the age of 76 produced obituaries and tributes in scores of newspapers throughout the United States, as well as notices of his passing on major network news programs.  In the 1960s, Hayden helped define and popularize Students for a Democratic Society (SDS), which garnered support on many college campuses.  It was Hayden who made the phrase “participatory democracy” popular, by which he and the original author of the phrase, philosopher Arnold Kaufman, meant that individuals should have decision-making power in all decisions that affect their lives.  A new politics, Hayden believed, would lead to “common participation” and put an end to apathy and the meaningless, corrupt politics of the mainstream political parties.
That didn't work out very well.

In the end, Mr Hayden was a Progressive, more interested in international Left Wing regimes than in the participation of Americans in their own democracy.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

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