We do not as a rule devote space in Monthly Review to questions of tactics, not of course because they are unimportant but because we think an independent journal can normally make a more useful contribution in the areas of history, theory, and analysis. The question of individual acts of violence, however, has become much more than one of tactics. Bombings and similar incidents have increased to such an extent in the last year or so that they are now an important part of the political scene in the United States, and they must be discussed and analyzed in this context. The article which follows has this purpose in view. Others dealing with different aspects of the problem may be published in future issues. Charles Derber is a member of the Sociology Department at Brandeis University. —The Editors
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