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Friends & Foes
The Tragedy of Bayard Rustin
How one of the greatest American socialists ended up on the wrong side of history.
The Second Emancipation
Until his assassination in 1968, Martin Luther King Jr led an unheralded struggle for economic justice.
A Poor Man’s Fight
As the Vietnam War dragged on, soldiers took matters into their own hands.
A Quarter Century of Terror
Uneven & Combined
Bomb Anything That Moves
More than triple the bombs dropped in World War II devastated Southeast Asia
How Beautiful It Was
View of the demonstrations in Toulouse, June 11–12, 1968.
Municipal Archives of the city of Toulouse
For a few brief weeks in France, not just a government but an entire system was called into question.
When Ramparts Reigned
How Ramparts went from Catholic literary magazine to the vanguard of the New Left.
Discovering Shanghai in Paris
Mao’s Little Red Book united student radicals with Third World guerrillas.
Half the Way With Mao Zedong
How Students for a Democratic Society went from building a mass movement to embracing the politics of self-destruction.
Why We Fought
During the 1968 Soviet invasion, Czechoslovaks carry their national flag past a burning Soviet tank in Prague.
Luciana Castellina on the real ’68.
Year of the Zombie
George Romero’s Night of the Living Dead showed a new society devouring the old.
Beyond a Boundary
Before the World Arrived
Just ten days before the 1968 Olympics, hundreds of protesters lay dead in a Mexico City square.
Ways of Seeing
Life Without Buildings
In the late sixties, radical architects expressed their scorn in satirical utopias, where the world’s landmarks and landscapes are eaten up by the power of capital.
When the Old World Unraveled
Illustration by Emily Haasch
Before 1968, we felt confident in everything. Afterwards, we knew everything had to change.
Joschka Fischer’s Long March
How the Green Party wunderkind transformed German capitalism, and with it, himself.
George Wallace’s ’68
For every American won over to radicalism in 1968, there was another captured by George Wallace’s right-wing populism.
Traitors to Their Class
Rich people today mostly post Instagram photos of themselves. They used to sometimes do left-wing politics too.
Dear Comrade, Follow the Feds
How the FBI broke into the revolution business.
Your Quarterly Horoscope
Means & Ends
Socialism in Our Time
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