The 1960s and 70s were decades of sweeping social change. Amidst the counterculture revolution of that era, many radical socio-political groups emerged often with conflicting ideologies about a utopian society and how to achieve it.
One such counterculture group was the Weather Underground (WUO), an American radical left-wing organisation. WUO was originally formed in 1969 as a section of the Student’s for a Democratic Society (SDS).
What was fundamentally a violent offshoot of 1960s radicalism, the Weather Underground’s aim was to “create a clandestine revolutionary party for the violent overthrow of the US government.” (1)
In the mid 1970s, the radical group initiated a series of bombings, targeted primarily at government buildings and banks. But what was possibly WUO’s most famous and “successful” achievement was assisting in the jailbreak of Timothy Leary.
Leary was an author, psychologist and “revolutionary avatar of the mind”, who, as Top Secret Writers reported previously, was most infamous for his Psychological Research in to the effects of LSD and repeated drug use. (2)
The Weathermen Rhetoric
In a report in the New York Times about the ‘quieter’ lives of 1960’s militants, the revolutionary stances and action taken by radical left-wing groups such as the Weathermen were characterised by Black liberation rhetoric. (3)
Similarities with the Weathermen and other radical left-wing counterculture groups of the 60s and 70s could be made to today’s anarchists, with one notable difference – violent political extremism has swapped from the left to the right.
Analogous to the Weather Underground’s goals to violently overthrow the U.S. government, is the murder trial of the military anarchists who were recently caught trying to overthrow the government and assassinate President Obama.
According to a report in the Business Insider, four soldiers in Georgia, who had formed an anarchist militia within the U.S. military, a radical right-wing organisation FEAR – Forever Enduring Always Ready – bought more than $87,000 worth of guns and components to make bombs and had planned to bomb targets in Savannah and Washington, take over Fort Stewart and assassinate Barack Obama. (4)
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