reply to post by janasstar
Naw... not too personal, and no, I've never lived in the States. I've visited, even worked their for awhile, but I'll tell ya I was glad to come
home. I don't really know how to say it without snubbing the many good folk in the US, but Canadians are just... nicer, on the whole. Less stress,
As to my acknowledge, aside from reading/studying a lot, I have much older siblings that were a part of the original hippy movement, although they
were here in Canada, they shared the same basic outlook. Also spent some time in the local hippy communes that are still active here on the West
Coast. Many of them fled the US both the dodge the draft and to avoid persecution.
In the later stages of the movement, the authorities were able to regain control largely by vilifying the hippies as being the cause of the economic
problems that the country was suffering. This was largely true, in fact it was part of the goal. By dropping out, the movement was breaking down the
economic system, while at the same time they were living comfortably (although in a different standard of living).
The image was sold to Joe Factory Worker that the reason that his paycheck was so low was because the hippies were all on welfare and drawing off his
tax money, so Joe Worker started to hate hippies. He'd beat them up if he could catch them. Of course, he was being lied to. Most hippies refused
government support. That was part of dropping out. They were self sufficient, growing thing in their communes and working odd jobs to earn money. They
also produced a lot of arts and crafts sort of products (which is why their style was so pervasive during the period). But Joe Worker didn't
understand that the real reason his paycheck was so low was because a non-functional economy was investing heavily in a "war on terror". Back then,
they called it a war on Communism, but it amounted to the same thing. A fake enemy to scare the people.
Holy crap I'm ranting!
Hehe, well... once I get started on a subject, it takes an act of will to stop.
The relevant point of all this is that back in that same time period, there was a LOT of civil disobedience and it had an impact on things. There was
also a lot of conflict with police. This is going to be more and more common if the people actually stand up and make their voices heard.
Don't worry, Teargas really isn't all that bad.
It hurts, but you'll survive.
To me, being trapped in a system of enslavement by false freedom hurts way more... but I'm in danger out ranting again.
[edit on 11-9-2007 by BitRaiser]