I have to admit, my feelings are kind of divided on that whole movement and era...But one thing I don't get is why Glenn Beck, who was only a young kid, not even a teenager, in the '60s, has such a problem with Hippies. He's refered to "Dope Smokin' Hippies" many times throughout the course of both his TV and Radio shows. I honestly don't get the whole culture warrior bent to it. He wasn't really around to experience or understand the Hippie movement.
One of the most bizarre twists on this which Beck did was say that in the Summer of 1969, you were EITHER a fan of the Moon Landing, or you went to Woodstock which had "no morals", "no values". Really? So someone who went to Woodstock HATED the Moon Landing? Or someone who watched the Moon Landing abhorred those who went to Woodstock? And as far as the 'no morals' and 'values' thing with regard to Woodstock..It was a concert. A three day concert which was a very capitalist, entrepreneurial venture on the business end. The Moon Landing was a "Big Government" project which cost billions, yet Beck chastises the capitalist venture created by young entrepreneurs and uplifts the Big Government Moon Landing. Both were great events in their own way, of course.
His whole summation of Woodstock was "America hating mud people having sex." I thought the event was a sort of escape from the violence and chaos of the era--A peaceful event, quite separate from the radicalism and violence of the Weather Underground people and whatnot, yet he tries to tie them all together as one monolithic bloc. I don't think of Woodstock as some radical, anti-American, pro Terrorist event, personally.
And the fact that he refers to "Dope Smokin' Hippies"--in the present--It just feels like in a way he's somehow mentally trapped in 1969. He's even compared the President and the Administration to said Hippies, that the "Dope Smokin', radicals-hippies" took over the government with Obama. Obama was 8 years old in 1969. Beck was 5. I mean he's basically bashing an event, an era and a movement that he was too young to even really grasp on a meaningful level.
I mean not everything about the Hippie movement was about "drugs" and "sex." Sure, some of it was, but it was also very philosophical in nature--Influenced by Nietzche, Ginsberg, etc, and I'd say it even had a spiritual tinge to it. The whole movement has become, in modern memory of it, a cliche, something worthy of mockery, and I don't understand how it did to be quite honest, and Beck revels in these superficial cliches. I do think there was depth to the Hippie movement, and I'm not talking about simply the Anti-War movement, because I think the Hippie ideals and mindset went far beyond that--It was a lifestyle and ideology, not just a reactionary movement opposed to Vietnam. It had been brewing since the 1920s, if not earlier, with the Beatniks and whatnot.
So what's your take on Hippies, Beck, Woodstock and his interpretation of all of it?