I Lived inside the Campus Revolution

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6. Secret War for SDS

THE worst-kept secret in the campus Movement was rooted in the spring of 1967.

It was then that the more progressive districts of the Communist party--notably those in New England, Wisconsin, Oregon, and Southern California--decided to infiltrate the Students for a Democratic Society.

Everybody--the FBI, Progressive Labor (which nearly a year earlier had begun to adopt SDS as its own), and certainly SDS's top leadership--knew about it. Most SDS members didn't. The majority of them still aren't aware of it today, now more than three years after the fact.

The decision, brewing for nearly a year in our Southern California District, came to a head one Saturday at a meeting of the Youth Commission on which I served as education chairman, as well as being a newly elected member of the Party's ruling forty-member District Committee.

Quietly, throughout that spring and summer, word was passed to Party youth in our district--many of them DuBoisers--to get interested in--and into--the SDS chapters on their campuses.

The "secret" order was--"get with it . . . get with SDS."

Was ours some kind of diabolical plot, the kind right-wingers are forever seeing beneath every bed and behind every closet door? Hardly. We weren't trying to outfox the FBI (I'd reported the decision to the Bureau within hours). We weren't even attempting to deceive SDS, even though it would be months before more than a handful of SDSers knew how or why or precisely when the CP had come onto their scene.

We were trying to keep the secret--with no great success as it

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Introduction: Inside The Campus Revolution vii
  • I Lived Inside the Campus. Revolution xxix
  • 1. Making of a Fink 1
  • 2. Commitment to Communism 21
  • 3. the Black Rose Queen 47
  • 4. Eyewitness to Genocide 65
  • 5. the Demarcation 81
  • 6. Secret War for Sds 97
  • 7. the Politics of Confrontation 117
  • 8. Up from Revolution 131
  • 9. Breakup 143
  • 10. the Angela Davis Affair 163
  • 11. Days of Rage--And Roses 187
  • 12- Who's Who in Campus Activism 201
  • Index 245
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