Tom Hayden                                                                 MOBE

MOBE was the more politically focused organization in Chicago. Their leading figures Tom Hayden and Reenie Davis were beliving in a politics of confrontation. MOBE´s activists were generically socialists but critical about the opressions of Russian communism. There were many among them who favoured Czech reform communism, Che Guevara and Fidel Castro, Tito, and even Rumanian communism up to a point. MOBE  led the famous march to the Pentagon that was also organizing most of the political focused actions in Chicago. A quotation by Tom Hayden (in Norman Mailer Miami and the Siege of Chicago:

The overdevelopment of bureaucracy and technology can lead to a breakdown. A clock can be wound too tight. The super-carrier Forestal was destroyed by one of its own rockets. In Chicago this week, the military and security machinery…might devour its mother the Democratic Party….

Consider the dilemmas facing those administering the.. apparatus. They are centralized, suited to confront (or negotiate with) a centralized opposition, but poorly prepared for spontanous waves if action…. They cannot disinguish “straight radicals from newspaperman or observers from delegates…… They cannot distinguish rumors about demonstrations from the real thing…. They cannot be certain wether bomb threats are serious no matter how much they have “sanitized” the hotels and Amphithater.

(…)Twenty five thousand troops are being brought not to stop “disrupters”-no amount of security can stop an assassin or bomber-but because the rulers…… are relying on coercion. We are forced into a military style not because we are destructive” and “nihilistic” but because our normal rights are insecure.

>Radicalized and threatened by the huge amount of force used against MOBEs action, MOBE itself like the Black Panthers became in the rulers perception more and more of a public enemy.

(Tom Hayden, though, became California State Senator, married actress Jane Fonda, and further served as a delegate at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago 1996 ),

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