Saturday, 1 September 2012

Are Right-Wing Anarchists the Modern Day Weather Underground?

The 1960s and 70s were decades of sweeping social change. Amidst the counterculture revolution of that era, many radical socio-political groups emerged often with conflicting ideologies about a utopian society and how to achieve it.

One such counterculture group was the Weather Underground (WUO), an American radical left-wing organisation. WUO was originally formed in 1969 as a section of the Student’s for a Democratic Society (SDS).

What was fundamentally a violent offshoot of 1960s radicalism, the Weather Underground’s aim was to “create a clandestine revolutionary party for the violent overthrow of the US government.”

In the mid 1970s, the radical group initiated a series of bombings, targeted primarily at government buildings and banks. But what was possibly WUO’s most famous and “successful” achievement was assisting in the jailbreak of Timothy Leary. (Read further: Source)