Following May 68 new groups appeared that drew on the experience of the communist left. In fact, the elements who understood that Trotskyism had become a sort of left wing of Stalinism turned much more towards councilism than towards the Italian Left. There were several reasons for this.
Faced with all the lies about the
events of May ‘68, it is necessary for revolutionaries to re-establish the
truth, to draw the real lessons of these events and prevent them being buried
under an avalanche of flowers and wreaths.
In the majority of the numerous books and television programmes on May 1968 that have occupied the media recently, the international character of the student movement that affected France during the course of this month has been underlined.
May 68 was the high point of situationism, a current that combined a critique of the ‘spectacle' of capitalist culture with a certain number of revolutionary political positions. Slogans/graffiti of the hour, such as ‘under the pavement, the beach' and ‘all power to the imagination', caught the atmosphere of the May events...
Faced with all the lies about the events of
May 68, it is necessary for revolutionaries to re-establish the truth, to draw
the real lessons of these events and prevent them being buried under an
avalanche of flowers and wreaths.
The ICC had a stall and hosted a meeting at
the ‘May 68 and all that' event at Conway Hall in May. The event was a very
mixed affair. There was a strong presence of those we refer to as leftists -
political tendencies that talk about socialism and revolution but actually
defend the interests of capitalism. This was evident in a couple of the
meetings we attended.
In January 1969, at the inauguration of his first
Presidency of the United States, Richard Nixon declared: “We have learnt finally
to manage a modern economy in a way to assure its continued growth”. With
hindsight one can see to what degree such optimism has been cruelly refuted by
reality: from the beginning of his second term, hardly four years later, the
United States would have their worst recession since the Second World War,
which would be followed by other increasingly serious recessions.
In the first part of this article on the movement of May 68,
we retraced its first stage: the mobilisation of the students. We showed that
the agitation of the students in France, from 22 March 1968 up to the middle of
May, was only an expression in this country of an international movement
affecting almost all of the western countries...