Ironically Gazing into the Cul-de-Sac of Radicalism

Talk by Chris Carlsson

A self-critical survey of some of the activities and productions Chris has been involved with from 1979 to the early 21st century, followed by a commentary on the lived experience during this generation of doing politics with people who style themselves “real revolutionaries,” whether pro-Situ or M-L or Maoist or anarchist…

Here is Chris Carlsson’s presentation in full: PRESENTATION

About Chris Carlsson

Chris Carlsson, co-director of the “history from below” project Shaping San Francisco (historical archive at, is a writer, publisher, editor, and frequent public speaker. He has written two books (After the Deluge, Nowtopia) edited six books, (Reclaiming San FranciscoThe Political Edge; Bad Attitude; Critical Mass: Bicycling’s Defiant Celebration; Ten Years That Shook the City: San Francisco, 1968-78; and Shift Happens: Critical Mass at 20). He redesigned and co-authored an expanded Vanished Waters: A History of San Francisco’s Mission Bay. He has produced weekly public Talks since January 2006. He also conducts award-winning bicycle and walking history tours. He has given hundreds of public presentations based on Shaping San Francisco, Critical Mass, Nowtopia, Vanished Waters, and his “Reclaiming San Francisco” history anthologies since the late 1990s, and has appeared dozens of times in radio, television and on the internet.

Pro Arts’ The New Situationists exhibition and related program of events are made possible with a generous grant from The Phyllis C. Wattis Foundation.