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The Harvard libertarians and the Rutgers libertarians, while espousing many of the same beliefs, would probably reflect significantly different social standings52), most libertarians seemed to come from lower–middle-class to middle-class families. ”53 Of course, the fact that these classifications were based on one’s perceived social class is as important as their actual class. Student libertarians’ demands, actions, and overall strategies, therefore, either might have been implicitly determined by their class backgrounds, or overshadowed by other factors such as political upbringing, type of campus where they became active, or other unmeasured variables.

Although student libertarians liked to advertise themselves as a fusion of Left and Right, the coalitions they formed were composed of more ex-conservatives than ex-liberals. Once split from YAF, ex-conservative libertarians gave up their attacks on the status and statist-serving elements of their parent organization. As their anger with YAF subsided, libertarians seemed to turn against the Left, especially SDS. 68 Although the Left-Right fusion within the libertarian movement was never fully realized, libertarians refused to give up hope for uniting those students who remained outside of the libertarian enclave—those students who stuck to labels of Left and Right.

Anarchist libertarians, however, saw little difference between the sides. As the editors of one anarchist paper wrote: The radical movement in the United States has been mourning the death of Ho Chi Minh for some time. S. corporate imperialism and social slavery expressed regret for the death of the North Vietnamese dictator. . In principle, Ho Chi Minh was no different than his fellow government conspirators in America, South Vietnam or the Soviet Union. . The fact that such a man such as Ho Chi Minh happens to be the ruler does not alter the motivation for war.

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