The idealism of the sixties was subverted from inside and out, its naïve dream exposed as a pipe-dream. But the philosophy that originated in those idealistic days lives on. It sowed the seeds for the Environmental movement, the Women’s movement, Civil Rights, anti-war and an era of liberalism, tolerance and equality.
There is much to oppose and while a dream of a new society is still a long way off much of the philosophy was good, pragmatic and liberating.
I think society is all the better for it.
Looking back you can see big business and the establishment moving in to take their profit. You can see the rich kids donning the costume and looking to muscle in and make a buck or two.
What started as community, street-culture, became fashion and mainstream.
I still live by the idealism of my youth. I do not trust the establishment and I value my freedom.
They were very positive, enthusiastic days. I’m glad I was part of it.
A naïve dream of innocence
Towards the rocks
Those that run
The essence of Alice
In her Wonderland
And made it very small.
From Public Schools
Preening and pandering
From the inside
The world is not run on