Alright Roxanne I wasn’t going to say anymore about the Hippie thing, but I can’t let that last statement slide.
You put, I don't know all of the politics next to, As DrTandem mentioned most of equate the word free with Hippies. Well, Mr.DoctorUpHistoryAs He See’s It, also said that the Hippies were Communists They were not. And I am here to defend them.
The hippie event was not a political movement. It was more a Lifestyle or Philosophical approach to life that came about because of the existing political system at that time. They camped together in forests sometimes and shared a whole floor of apartments sometimes but it was not an organized effort like the kibbutz communes in Israel. They still had their own possessions like everybody else, they just shared them a lot. They never voted as a block, they voted for the best person from any and all parties.
DrTantrum said the Hippie Movement failed. But it had nothing to do with success or failure. The Hippie factor was a very Successful Wing of all of the Forces in play that changed the crumbling foundations of a Rigid Society that was in the process of collapse, namely the Establishment as it existed at that time.
Please understand, the Establishment as it existed at that time said through its practices: That Blacks in the South can’t vote and their schools are segregated. That Blacks in the North were not allowed equal opportunity to work. It also said that Women both White and Black cannot have equal opportunity at jobs anywhere in the US. It said that Police are allowed to beat up citizens if they like. It said that if a white male has long hair, he can be refused employment. It also said that if the US chooses to wage an immoral war on peasants, who never did a thing to us, in a jungle 7000 miles away, then the young males of the society must go and kill the peasants. The main thing the Establishment said is that there is no political system in place that will right any of these wrongs.
So the Hippies joined forces with the Blacks, the Women, some of the Soldiers, the Professors at Universities, the Students, and any other Free Thinker; and together they set about changing the System for the better. Hippies along with the other forces believed in a True, let me repeat it, a True American Dream where everybody gets to participate, not just a chosen few.
The Hippies did not agree with Johnson a Dem. or Nixon a Pub. The two fear-mongers who wanted to stop the Dreaded Domino Effect that never came about even after we were defeated in Vietnam. I hope you know what the Domino Theory was.
This Theory, the Domino Effect, turned out to be the Dumbo Effect. Those two clowns ended up getting a lot of people killed over the Boogy Man in the Closet, much the same as the Bushy Boys are doing right now.
So if you still agree with DrTantrum that Hippies were communists then that’s your choice. It’s like Paul Simon said in a song. “All lies in jest, till a man hears what he wants to hear and disregards the rest”
Here’s a little side note that most of you don’t know; In 1965 if you wanted to enter Disneyland as a tourist and the length of your hair overlapped the collar of your shirt, you were refused entry. That may seem like no big deal to people with short hair, but switch it around and say; “no entry to people with brown hair.” The policy with the hair length existed in almost all of the factories and business offices of employment in this country at that time. If you had a beard, there was a good possibility that you were a communist.
Now as for Hippies being, as one person quoted above, unwashed cuddly refugees…
Hippies loved to bathe, especially with each other. Male and Female and they were not ashamed to do it in groups. When the Rigid Shocked Society heard of this, they just knew in their nasty little minds that Hippies must be having sex in the showers at the new Co-Ed Dorms that they had instated in the universities.
I knew a beautiful girl once who stripped off her clothes in Century City Calif. and jumped in the main fountain there. I followed suit and I have to admit my mind got blown when a few people stopped their cars and jumped in too. No my friend, Hippies weren’t afraid to bath. We could do it at the drop of a hat, or a pair of drawers, which ever got flung off first.
Next time you think of the word Hippie, think free thinker. Think Free Thinker Think.