Days of Rage

In the late 1960s through 70s, there was a massive campaign of violence by the self-styled underground revolutionary left, including thousands of bombings, dozens of bank robberies, and assorted murders. Originating in campus radicalism, they transitioned into explicitly revolutionary, violent goals, before engaging in a massive ideological purity spiral that ultimately left only the most deluded remaining. As it became clear “the revolution” wasn’t going to happen, most of the groups evaporated or self-destructed, and by 1980, essentially all of these groups were defunct – but despite their “defeat”, most of the membership that managed to avoid self-detonating or getting into shootouts either faded into total obscurity, or acquired sinecures in the now-establishment left.

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