Allen Ruff speaks with historian, author, and social activist Max Elbaum about the legacies of the ’60s and ’70s. They “take a trip down memory lane” to apply the lessons of that era to our current political times.
Max Elbaum has been involved in peace and anti-racist movements since joining Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) in the 1960s. Through the 1970s and 1980s he participated in campaigns defending affirmative action and opposing U.S. military interventions. In the 1990s, he was the editor of CrossRoads, a magazine featuring dialogue and debate among socialists and radicals from different left political traditions. Elbaum’s writings have appeared in many publications including The Nation, Radical History Review, Z Magazine and the Encyclopedia of the American Left. He’s the author of the recently re-released Revolution in the Air: Sixties Radicals Turn to Lenin, Mao and Che.