From 1971 to 1972, the FBI reported more than 2,500 bombings in America. That’s five explosions a day, and most were tied to radical underground political movements. Political violence is on the rise in the US but many of its perpetrators are disorganized loners, attached to fringe movements that foment online but rarely follow through. In the 1970s and into the 1980s, dozens of violent political groups agitated for change and attempted the violent overthrow of the government.
Today’s political violence is scary and terrible, but it’s a far cry from the explosive 1970s. Here to help us understand it is Bryan Burrough, author of Barbarians at the Gate, Public Enemies and Days of Rage: America’s Radical Underground, the FBI, and the Forgotten Age of Revolutionary Violence.
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