Students: Splintered S.D.S.

Students for a Democratic Society is an agglomeration of 70,000 radical reformers and sometime revolutionaries that sounds fearsomely monolithic but is actually as disorganized and ragtail as Coxey's Army. At the S.D.S. national convention in Chicago last week, the internal dissension was so severe that the five-day meeting promised to be the most chaotic in S.D.S.'s seven-year history—and possibly the last.

Despite its wildfire success at campus disruption, S.D.S. has lost any firm sense of direction, if it ever had one. The Paris peace talks have clouded one of its central issues, the...

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