Human-ities · Performativity · Philosophy · Social/Politics · Theory

Forum: The Port Huron Statement at 50

In 1962, an undergraduate at the University of Michigan named Tom Hayden drafted a document that would launch a decade of student protest and mass action for a more democratic society.

Five decades later, we assess its impact and enduring legacy. — Boston Review

Tom Hayden
The Port Huron Statement’s core message is timeless but not dogmatic: we all need participatory democracy.
APRIL 10

Kim Phillips-Fein
The economic inequalities of our own day were anticipated even at the height of postwar affluence.
APRIL 11

Bill Ayers
The ’60s remain a prelude to the necessary fundamental changes to come.
APRIL 11

Angus Johnston
Advances in student power have shaped the course of American higher education and the nation.
APRIL 11

Eric Mann
Like the signatories of the Port Huron Statement, the Occupiers need to expand beyond the narrower interests of their original members.
APRIL 12

Kirkpatrick Sale

The Statement was nothing less than a proto-ideology for a New Left.
APRIL 12

Danielle Allen

We cannot be free without being equal.
APRIL 12

Jennifer Hochschild

On the left we see a vacuum where traditional class-oriented populism used to be.
APRIL 13

Trevor Stutz
Only moral clarity will transform alienation and apathy into action.
APRIL 13

Bernardine Dohrn
The Statement was a clarion call for people to take control of key social institutions and of their own lives.
APRIL 13

Via Boston Review

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