Marxism is a perfect example of the chimeras that fueled the sixties. And it was probably the most potent one. Albeit, much of this Marxism would have been unrecognizable to Marx. It was Marxism watered down, Marxism spiked with LSD and Marxism adulterated with mystical food coloring. But it was Marxism nonetheless because the wildest […]
NothIng happened in the sixties except that we all dressed up.
What I believed in the Sixties: Everything. You name it and I believed it. I believed love was all you need. I believed you should be here now. I believed drugs could make everyone a better person. I believed I could hitchhike to California with thirty-five cents and people would be glad to feed me. […]
Everything went. And when it went it didn’t go well. The wild, prophetic voices of the sixties can still be heard muttering in doorways and begging with paper cups. And the nonconformists long ago exhausted the supply of stuff with which not to conform. They’ve been reduced to wearing tongue studs.
The sixties was a decade without quality control.
We changed the world. Life has never been the same since that “youthquake” of forty years ago. Think of all the things we wouldn’t have if not for the uninhibited freedom and creativity of the 1960s: Ben and Jerry’s Cherry Garcia ice cream, Narcotics Anonymous, twentyfour-hour help lines, Cher, the Volkswagen New Beetle, comedians who […]
The Sixties were an oyster decade: slippery, luxurious and reportedly aphrodisiac they slipped down the historical throat without touching the sides.
I was convinced in the early sixties that what was wanted was a liberal education to give such students the wherewithal to examine their lives and survey their potential. This was the one thing the universities were unequipped and unwilling to offer them. The students’ wandering and wayward energies finally found a political outlet. By […]
Those of us who grew up in the Sixties feel we shared a unique experience. From the Free Speech Movement at Berkeley, to the Civil Rights movements in the south, to the Vietnam War and the Counterculture, and everywhere in between, the Sixties represent a significant time period in our country’s history.
College is always a time of change, I guess, the last major convulsion of childhood, but I doubt there were ever changes of such magnitude as those faced by the students who came to their campuses in the late sixties. Most of us don’t say much about those years now, not because we don’t remember […]