In two earlier blogs, I came up with an analysis that I consider original.
I pointed out in the first blog that the peak of lefty progressivism in the world was 1959 when nearly 90% of the people on the planet were subjugated by a communist or socialist government. It was the peak of European government ownership of business and American unionization. I then explained that the American hippie movement, the core of a new generation of young people, destroyed the lefty progressive ideology.
The lefty ideology of solving problems with government and creating better humans through government was the exact opposite of what hippies stood for. An entire young generation of Americans believed that self-improvement, drugs and rock 'n roll plus love was the way to create new people and a new society. That would have killed lefty ideology by itself.
In the second blog I pointed out that hippies loved business and saw business as the way to change society. They started every imaginable business from organic grocery stores and farms to yoga studios to acupuncture clinics. They also started the global Body Shop and Apple Computer. That was the coup de grace for leftism.
The article I am referring to in the title of this blog was in the New York Times. It was a preposterous answer to the question: ‘Why had the revolution dreamed up in the late 1960s mostly been won on the social and cultural fronts — women’s rights, gay rights, black president, ecology, sex, drugs, rock ’n’ roll — but lost in the economic realm?’
The answer is irrelevant. The author is a lefty buffoon. It is the question that is so wrong. It is only right because it focuses on hippies as promoters of ecology, sex, drugs and rock 'n roll.
As I pointed out, hippies also were champions of business. Their pro-business attitudes totally destroyed the potential for lefty anti-commerce ideology.
What I want to challenge is the incorrect notion that hippies in any way promoted women's rights or the black president. They also did not start the ecology movement which was well underway many years earlier. The hippies did promote ecology into a national and international movement.
It is the women's rights movement that was started well before the hippies and not promoted by the hippies. While hippies were quite egalitarian in all their values, it was the political realm that pushed women's rights. The same is true for civil rights of blacks. The hippies while not discriminatory toward blacks, did not promote the vast expansion of civil rights for blacks. I was part of the civil rights movement.... that was a political movement.
I'm glad someone at the New York Times is paying attention to hippies but they’re missing the complete significance of the hippies because they will never recognize how hippies destroyed their own New York Times leftist ideology.