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’68 and feminism 17th May 2008

I enjoyed Anthony Giddens’s contribution to your ’68 symposium (May), but in emphasising, rightly, that feminism “was the main thing that survived 1968,” he ignores an important corollary. Feminism marks the beginning of single-issue politics, and so the fracturing of political debate. When issues are the only thing that matter, visions fly out of the window. The resulting competition for the centre ground is nothing if not boring. No wonder democracy is proving such a hard sell to those peoples without the “democratic lore.” John Gretton via the Prospect blog

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