What’s a young activist to do?

August 28th, 2012

The spirit that infused young people in the 1960’s may be a distant memory, but today a new generation lives in hope of making the world a better place. Whether they have the political skills, the commitment, or the clarity to succeed is still an open question.

Certainly if we look around the world, the Arab Spring proves that protest, as a political force, is still very much alive and can tear down walls and topple dictators. But here in America the forces allied against change and hope and progress may simply be too strong. So what’s a young activist to do? One of the generations most influential advocates for social and political change, Todd Gitlin, lays out what it takes in Letters to a Young ActivistMy conversation with Todd Gitlin: