Diverging Paths to a Common Dream

Daniel Burton-Rose

in Guerrilla USA

Published by University of California Press

Published in print June 2010 | ISBN: 9780520264281
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520946033 | DOI:
Diverging Paths to a Common Dream

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In his second month in jail, Edward Allen Mead publicly acknowledged his membership in the George Jackson Brigade. His jailhouse interview with two contributors to the countercultural biweekly Northwest Passage was the first opportunity for Seattle's aboveground Left to present their questions and concerns to a member of the Brigade. Mead's dissatisfaction with the city's aboveground Left was immediately apparent. He also said that the Communists should strengthen their weakest point: the armed front. Roxanne Park, one of Mead's interviewers, criticized the Brigade. Her criticisms were tactical, not political: both she and the Brigade wanted to see Communists and socialists in power. The Left Bank Collective, whose members were anarchists, came to the Brigade's defense. It was easy for Park's opponents to cast her in the camp of over-privileged whites who identified as socialist revolutionaries but delayed the actual revolution indefinitely because it would not only inconvenience them personally, but would, in its combustive violence, also prompt troubling ethical questions.

Keywords: Edward Allen Mead; Left; Communists; socialists; anarchists; George Jackson Brigade; Left Bank Collective; Roxanne Park; revolutionaries

Chapter.  4685 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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