SDS in Center Stage


To the Editors of The Crimson:

Kudos to The Crimson for an excellent story on James Q. Wilson's recent speech to the Conservative Club.

But let me get this straight: since SDS took a strong leadership role in the Harvard Student Strike in 1969, and since that strike resulted in the transfer of decision-making power to the Faculty, how is it then that--according to Mr. Wilson--"the radical legacy was almost nil"?

This sort of ingratitude and double-think hardly becomes the good Professor, however well it might prepare our inquiring young students for the kind of society he feels most comfortable with.

Again, if "their (SDS's) capacity to enter center stage vanished, "why is it that James Q. Wilson played to about 40 people, while Tom Hayden--one of the founders of SDS--packed the Kennedy Forum earlier this year? Stephen Tapp '71-3