The 1960s saw an upsurge in radical leftist politics as predominantly young people reacted against stultifying, conservative governments and social mores to build mass social movements and new cultures. While these movements achieved varying success, much of the reforming impetus of this period continued as youthful activists turned their backs on romantic revolutionary
goals. In doing so, they began what Rudi Dutschke called “the long march through the institutions”, with an approach to politics I call radical democracy. This paper looks at three of these individuals - Tom Hayden, Joschka Fischer and Adam Michnik - and charts their influence, and that of the movements they were part of, to the present day.
ABOUT THE SPEAKER
Drew Hutton is an activist, author and academic. He has been involved in peace, environmental and social justice social movements for over four decades. He is the author, with Libby Connors, of A History of the Australian Environment Movement (Cambridge UP, 1999), a founder of the Australian Greens and also of the Lock the Gate alliance. This alliance brings together farming communities and environmental activists to challenge coal and unconventional gas mining, and featured in a recent ABC Australian Story episode on Drew in 2014.
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