Hippies Vs. Occupy Wall Street – Love Has Staying Power!
OWS – Fighting Frustration With Hate
Hippies – Fighting Hate With Love
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About the Author (Author Profile)Jordan Blum is a lifelong nudie and co-founder of Young Naturists America.
Jordan I love ya but... Hippies were a group of entitled boomers who thought that going to a big concert was the same thing as actually doing something (this is the generation that invented slacktivism), and held a weird belief that their particular brand of pop music would somehow magically change civilization. They had little to nothing to do with the actual civil rights victories of the 60's, most of which came before hippies were on the scene anyway. Nor did they succeed in ending Vietnam, which was their raison d'etre (on that topic, their attitude toward returning veterans wasn't exactly "loving"). And it's worth pointing out that later in life they wound up voting in Reagan, becoming helicopter parents, hating their kids music (rap and hip hop) just as much as their own parents hated rock and roll, and today they greedily protect their entitlements with no sense of the sacrifice their parents made for them or the sacrifices they're forcing their children to make to support their retirement. How is that success? If you want to emulate people who created lasting movements that accomplished things, then look to the people responsible for the movements in that era that actually did that. Take lessons from civil rights leaders, women's rights leaders, gay rights leaders, the environmental movement. All managed to bring about real, lasting change to our society, while hippies were busy listening to music. Mind you, I'm not a defender of OWS either. They came onto the scene with legitimate grievances against the economic system - inequality, education costs, etc - and then decided that the best way to address that was with drum circles in zucotti park rather than organizing those people to vote (which the Tea Party had done to great effect only a year prior). The real lesson from both OWS and hippies is that if you're not working in the political system towards the change you want to see then you're just pissing into the wind. Worse than useless, IMHO.
You Know I love you too but you are way off here... you are also making broad general points that don't fit the entire movement.
@Pseudonymasaurus If that rationale was true, then YNA would not exist. Everyone would be working diligently within TNS and AANR to "change the system." And that ain't happenin'...
Good article and food for thought. Violence is rarely the best way to win people's hearts and minds! (Psst. It was the '68 'Police Riot', as the Warren commission dubbed it; '72 was in Miami)
I think that when you demonstrate and act with and for the posiitive value of all people then you support the right and dignity of each individual to be as they are. This may not be as catchy a phrase as "Love not War" yet I believe it is the underlying value and it resonates with the most human(and spritual) part in each of us.
Still can't understand any goal of the occupy movement. I thought it was all in protest of Felicity's arrest days earlier.
while I like the message of OWS and I don't think they are a bad group. In what way have they succeeded?