The Cooling Of America: The Radicals: Time Out to Retrench

There is no way of fixing the precise moment at which the radical left decided to pause in its headlong pursuit of the apocalypse, but the reason for the halt was clear enough: nothing was working right; it was time to retrench, reassess.

For the extremists, the first signal illumination came in the explosion last March that ripped up a Weatherman bomb factory in Manhattan, killing three members of the group. Weatherman activity declined, and then, early in December, Fugitive Bernardine Dohrn, one of the group's leaders,...

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