Books: Jeers or Jeremiads?

THE NEW LEFT READER edited by Carl Oglesby. 312 pages. Grove. $8.50.

REBELLION AND REPRESSION by Tom Hayden. 186 pages. World. $5.95.

As an all-purpose rhetorical style —overstatement for an overstated time —New Leftese is shared by everybody, including the Old Right. If you are against the System and for authenticity (and who isn't?—even Bill Buckley these days), then you are talking a mild New Leftese without knowing it.

To bone up properly on New Leftese, one must go to the sources, to an anthology doubling as a style manual like The New Left Reader: all dialectics illustrated from late-model Castro to early Rudd...

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