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Dr. Todd wrote: >From: Sistersara@aol.com > >I think it rather a-historical to hang an analysis of SDS and its >founding and evolution on to a contrast-comparison with either Hitler or >Stalin. The purpose of comparison in my previous post was not to liken the SDS to the Nazi Party or Stalinists in the USSR as moral equivalents but to illustrate a general pattern of radicalization in anti-status quo movements that seems to exist when such movements lack a figure or institution that can set the ideological parameters and keep the hotheads from driving the terms of internal debate. Ironically, I think Dr. Todd's detailed description of the political evolution of the SDS makes that point rather well. Groups or "spin-offs" like the Weather Underground were unthinkable in 1962-3 because the cycle of radicalization had not yet taken place. Mark Safranski Independent scholar