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Originally posted by gaia.chi.au
at the end of the day society did not collapse, people still worked, business kept producing, government was operational...
Originally posted by Misoir
reply to post by 46ACE
Thank you for your insight, I definitely agree with what you stated in your response. It was not close to a revolution, per se, but things were teetering pretty bad with large scale violence in many large urban areas across the country. Society overall however was still mostly intact outside of the urban areas, and family values still prevailed in much of the urban areas as well, most of the cultural rebellion came from the college campuses across the country. To prove how they, the hippies, were still basically in the minority take the election of 1968 and 1972 at the peak of the Hippie movement.
1968: Richard Nixon (ran on a campaign of Law & Order) received 43.4% of the popular vote, George Wallace (ran on a campaign of States’ rights & segregation) received 13.5% of the popular vote, and Hubert Humphrey was the last candidate from the New Deal Coalition who received 42.7% of the popular vote. If you put the two Conservatives together, although their views differed greatly, the Conservatives won 56.9% of the popular vote.
1972: Richard Nixon won a landslide victory against the Hippie darling George McGovern, 60.7% to 37.5%.
The cultural revolution and anti-war activism took place on college campuses across the country, the race riots took place in the large urban cities, so the average town was left unharmed from the actual events which were plastered all over the news at the time.
Family values remained, communities stuck together, corporations did not have a foothold outside of the urban northeast/great lakes/Pacific Coast, and none of this changed until the 1970s when those college kids became the adults in the work force and grew in influence, they were no longer confined to college campuses to spread their ilk.
What is your take ‘46ACE’ on my above statements? I was not alive during the time so I do not have a personal reference to the events, only what I have learned from my time studying political history.edit on 3/6/2011 by Misoir because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by Misoir
However I would like to add that while all this violence and instability was occurring around the world at that time, no other decade in history can compare to the 1930s and 1940s. World War 1 was horrifying and wiped out an entire generation of young men in Europe, but the culmination of the Great Depression, rise of Fascism, and World War 2 occurring over a period of less than 20 years was far more devastating to human civilization than anything the 1960s-70s offer (minus nuclear war).edit on 3/6/2011 by Misoir because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by Chewingonmushrooms
One thing that I believe is lacking in this discussion particularly when speaking about the 60's is the use of psychedelics by the young counter-culturalists, and the affect that it had on breaking down that era's status quo; in some ways for the better and in other ways for the worse. The music, culture, "rebellion", opening of taboos, political and civil protests and the overall mentality were ALL influenced by these substances which hadn't been used by the public at large in the times prior.
How does this relate to the OP's thread? There was a collapse of the mind and an expansion on the idea of what it meant to be human, and the purpose behind human civilization and customs (a breaking of rituals). We are going through something similar at this moment. All collapses follow paradigm shifting of mentalities from the current status quo. For the 60's there was a whole climate ripe for the change, and psychedelics acted as a sort of catalyst. Today we are also ripe for a change, only this time I think the catalyst is the internet. This is of course IMHO.