It Was More Than 12 Months

  • Anthony Barnett
Keywords: 1968, Vietnam, Feminism, Violence, Germany, Sexism, Anti-authoritarian


‘1968’ was a contradictory turning point. A new era was born. But right-wing, free market economic supremacy emerged out of the left-wing assault on post-war paternalism. It called for peace but was very violent. It was a macho moment of male-dominated revolutionaries but this provoked the modern feminist movement — the year’s most lasting progressive achievement came about in opposition to it. The central demand was for open, democratic people power. Everywhere this was pushed back. Yet its call has never been extinguished and remains the challenge of our time.