Kids These Days

Source: Law & Liberty
by DG Hart

“The power of Hollywood is such that ‘The Big Lebowski’ may be as well-known as Tom Hayden. Both were members of the Students for a Democratic Society (SDS), the national student activist association founded in the 1960s. In the film, the fictional Jeff Lebowski claimed to be the author of SDS’s ‘original Port Huron Statement, not the compromised second draft.’ Hayden was a real member of SDS, sometimes credited as the founder of the gold standard of campus activist organizations. Because recent protests at America’s colleges and universities have been compared to 1960s campus radicalism, Hayden (who died in 2016) may finally be more popular than Lebowski. If so, analogies drawn between the 2020s and the 1960s must also factor in Hayden’s evolution from campus radical to California state legislator (1982 to 2000).” (06/05/24)