Skip to comments.Blame hippies Sixties counterculture eroded moral foundations of society
Posted on 12/26/2004 11:12:41 AM PST by zzen01
My scholarly friend Herb Meyer contends the American Revolutionary War was the greatest intellectual event in western civilization, not simply because the British were beaten, but rather it determined God's power flowed to the people and not to the kings.
With that, insists Meyer, the rule of law and the concept of individual rights were born.
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The Writer has finally described what so many Americans have known for a long time. The stench of Petchoulie is still in the air. I hated it then and I hate it now!!
None of it ever made any sense. The riots against Viet Nam and the Government itself stunk up the whole place and the Socialist took advantage of it and thru fuel on the fire!
my friends and I call them the "grasshopper generation" (based on the ant and the grasshopper story)
of course we are evil "gen X" ppl
The hippies and their larvae have done insurmountable damage to our society, and by the time they raid our grandchildren's futures for their retirement through unending social security/medicare, they will truly be the ugliest generation in our American history.
The "Flower Children" only are concerned about themselves and were phony since the 1960s. I recognized this 40 years ago.
The chickens have come home to roost.
When we kicked God out of the country and decided that murdering babies was a good idea, evil stepped right in and is having a ball to this very day.
While the hippy philosophy and its relation to drugs cost my brother his life, the era had support from schools and the teacher's union who took advantage of the laid back student population to lay back themselves. Situational morality has taken its toll and will continue but there is some hope that the current conservative movement will continue to swing the pendelum the other way.
May I suggest "the grass smoker" generation, as in "Things are not always as they appear to you, Grass Smoker".
Telling stats indeed.
Having had the opportunity to view the so-called "counter culture" up close, I can tell you that "hippie" was just a phase that many people passed through on their way to jobs selling insurance and living in the burbs. It wasn't a lifestyle that very many adopted for the long haul. There were casualties from drugs and wrong thinking, but that number (though tragic) is relatively small.
The statistical inversion that you cite makes sense to me, having lived and watched it all with proximity and interest. The built -in prejudice of the media is being exposed for what it is; a part of one particular political party. The armed forces have improved from the good ol' boy system of the conscripted services to the professional armed forces that we have now.
It began with the drug culture which broke down inibitions and allowed people to do things they never thought possible. It was the "instant generation" - they wanted EVERYTHING - NOW! They had instant entertainment [TV] - they had instand food [TV dinners].
There were leaders telling young people to take drugs - you forget all your problems. The real problem was - when the young people woke up - the problems were still there - and they were still unequiped to deal with them.
It was "free love" - and all that sort of rot. To me - the real problem was that the parents of these young people DIDN'T STAND UP AND TAKE CONTROL OF THE SITUATION .. having been raised to believe that if they quelled their little darling's expressions - they would stunt the kids mind. Looks like a whole bunch of mind stunting would have perhaps solved that situation.
I'm so glad I was not a part of that generation .. but my sons were influenced by it and one of them is still struggling with it.
The real problem is this: society as a whole adopted their ideas, even as the original proponenets mostly abandoned them as impractical. Many of the ideas were watered down and bureaucratized, but they are still reconizable.
Why did this happen?
If you can provide a specific example, I could maybe reply in-depth. However, I don't believe that their ideas/philosophy were adopte wholesale by society at large. More than likely the same technologies and/or economics that impacted the hippies also similarly impacted the larger society.
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Here it is... Finally, someone (Herb Meyer) who puts it all into words. He's saying so eloquently what those of us in the '60's warned of and feared.
See also http://www.canoe.ca/NewsStand/Columnists/Calgary/Paul_Jackson/2004/12/12/778557.html
I know what I'm buying my kids and grandkids right now!
Governance is always generational, and they are the generation in power at the moment. The environmental movement ("Global Warming"), the anti-war movement and the scourge of political correctness are what endanger us as a nation -- all the DIRECT RESULT of the '60s - early '70s generation grown up into positions of power.
Look at the White House and Congress. I would say there are few hardcore hippies in political power. But I get your point, you're talking (I think) about activists who are just much more noisy now than in the past. As for political correctness, it's fading fast. And from what I can see, it's strongest footholds are in organizations and not in everyday life. Non-politically correct entertainments are hugely popular. Despite it's annoying aspects, rap/hip-hop are hugely politically incorrect. There's also a comic on cable television (can't remember his name) who is a protege of Mel Brooks who also makes a point of being politically incorrect.
It didn't start in the 1960's!
It really was sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll with no thought to the consequences of where their actions would take them.
And from that movement we got politicians, government officials, judges, and peaceniks. The peaceniks are the new version of hippies that aides and abates radical Islamic terrorism.
GWAR - "The Obliteration Of Flab Quarv 7"
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BTW, "Free State of NJ"??? I lived in Ringwood for 10 years and moved back to God's Country (northern MI) last year. Upstate NY must be really bad if you have lower taxes in NJ.
The final refuge of the globalist-communist liberal has just got to be in the ranks of the rabidly stooooopid Environmental Whacko's.
Mark my words, when the antiChrist rises, his world religion will be GAIA or Earth Mother until he raises himself to god status.
Right now, the public schools are prepping kids for this. Earth Day in the public schools (especially elementary and middle school levels) exceeds by far the impact of Christmas for Administration support. Next comes United Nations Day and all the little kids decorate the doors of homeroom with international murals and get to dress up as someone of another nationality. Guess which nation is conspicously absent? That's right, can't dress up like Uncle Sam!
Witness the LIBERAL AGENDA at work!
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That song was almost past the fact wasn't it? Early 70's I think. Anyway, it was common knowledge with my previous generation that it was Ed Sullivan's fault for bringing the Beatles over here! : )
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The White House, no. But Congress, certainly. The "hippie" attitude -- which is basically socialism -- is EXTREMELY well-represented by people like Pelosi, Patty Murray, John Kerry, Hillary Clinton, etc. And I'm not talking about "noisy" activists, but the more insidious variety, the '60s-influenced people now infesting state legislatures, school boards, judges' chambers and, of course, the mainstream media.
John Kerry and Hillary Clinton were hippies?
Wait...I think we need to re-define our terms here. Do you mean influenced by the 60s or full out, love, peace and actually buying Ravi Shankar records, black light hippies?
To be free is to stand as an equal and express your political opinion, whether you are rich or poor, and have the people vote whether you are right or wrong.
By the way, I laughed when I read this on your profile page: "Dedicated to the destruction of the rat party."
Yes, but drugs do not a hippy make. I'm in danger of my head exploding imagining Kerry sitting around in a tie-dyed shirt listening to Jefferson Airplane and saying, "Far out man, like pass the doobie" in that prep school accent.
"We have to start electing people who know what they are talking about. Instead, we elect far too many people who pose, preen, say they feel our pain, say they are sympathetic to us, but they never solve any problems."
What they do, says Meyer, is subvert the foundations of our free society.
We are now in the second American civil war, against those who want to put the American Revolution in reverse.
Today, in the U.S., Canada and other democratic nations, we see the results.
There are no absolute rights or wrongs.
Whatever makes you feel good is just OK.
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Total validation of why The Reagan Revolution needs to keep expanding. Gen-Jones is about to become the dominant political force over the next 10-15 years and undo some of the Hippie-Boomer damages. After that...?
I view the counter culture as the diffusion of bohemian manners and mores through educated young people to society at large.
Yes, it was only a phase for some. I believe that the counterculture cannot be separated from the persavive prosperity and economic security of the postwar "Golden Age". It was an age when upper and upper middle class young people were so comfortable that they believed that scarcity based values like hard work, self-discipline, deferred gratification, etc were as obsolete as knightly chivalry. The counterculture presumed that effortless prosperity was everyone's right, conflict and competition were unnecessary and we could all play frisbee, smoke pot and screw.
Most people were not that comfortable. And the recession of the early 70s smashed counterculture delusions as it poured the main cohort of the baby boom with their soft liberal arts degrees into a glutted job market (before 1970 it wasn't necessary to have a college degree to have a white collar job. degree inflation has made it necessary since.). But the sexual morality (immorality, rather) took, shorn of utopian pretensions. "Winning Through Intimidation" replaced "The Greening of America".
The culture of the mid to late 70's kept the drugs and depravity but discarded the flower power stuff. It's a hard, cold cruel world in which there are winners and losers (notice how that term popped up in "Rocky" and "Saturday Night Fever" ?). Disco culture was elitist, which is why it was so easy to hate it from the outside. There are a handful of the rich and famous and beautiful who glide past the velvet rope while most wait outside in the cold. The clothes were expensive and the dances were difficult and rejection hurts. There are the Tony Manero "winners" whose happy ending is to realize how far above their "loser" friends they are.
That couple are a walking advertisement for self-gratification, aren't they?
I think the seeds of the "drug culture" were planted in the 50's with the advent of synthentic drugs like barbiturates and amphetamines that didn't carry the stigma historically associated with narcotics.
I believe that! Every time I hear the Beatles songs from that era (I Want to Hold Your Hand, etc.) I instantly get morning sickness. I was pregnant at the time -- brings it all back. However, we were not officially part of the hippie era, as we are still married after 41 years!