Thursday, October 14, 2010

"A Memo to America’s Hippies"

"Tea Party values are hippie values" — The Electric Tea Party Acid Test. "The Tea Party is the one social movement in contemporary America that can rightfully claim to be the ideological heir to the original hippie movement that started in the mid-’60s."

"The Tea Party has been intentionally misrepresented, villainized and smeared by the powers-that-be," says the author. "But this too is a feature that the Tea Party shares with hippies — the hippie movement was itself misrepresented and smeared by a different mainstream media over 40 years ago." He argues that "the Tea Party and the hippie movement share four fundamental core values," identifying them as:
  • A craving for independence;
  • A celebration of individualism;
  • Joy in the freedom offered by self-sufficiency;
  • And an acceptance of the natural order of things.
Might this blogger suggest that both hippies and tea partiers adopt as their patron saint Servant of God Dorothy Day, who, according to Abbie Hoffman, was the first hippie?


Certainly, independence, individualism, self-sufficiency, and the natural order of things were values she espoused. However, a stumbling block for the the "support the troops" brigades among the tea partiers will be the fact that it was her Catholic Worker Movement that staged the first demonstration against the War on Vietnam in 1963.

[link to article via From Burke to Kirk and Beyond...]

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4 Comments:

Blogger Mark in Spokane said...

First, great photo.

Second, the hippies are not Tea Party types. The Tea Partiers are the productive citizens, who have jobs, families, embrace responsibility and believe in civic virtue. The hippies, on the other hand, were drop outs, had aversions to work, haircuts and soap, endulged in irresponsible drug use and sexual excess, despised the country and its basic values, and embodied the anarchistic hedonism that any decent human being rejects as antithetical to basic social values. I believe in building political coalitions, but if the Tea Party movement casts itself as the successor to a bunch of drugged up, scruffy, anti-patriotic, lazy, indolent, sexually perverted malcontents who need a bath and a work ethic, then I for one will leave the Tea Party behind.

Don't take the brown acid, man!

On a side note, one of my favorite stories about Ronald Reagan when he was governor of California goes something like this: Governor Reagan was giving a speech and somebody asked him about how things were going up in Berkeley, at the university there. And Governor Reagan said, "Well, the last time I was there, a protestor came up to me and said, 'Governor Reagan, make love and not war.' The problem with that young man was that he didn't look like he could do either." Big laugh from the audience. Damn right.

12:11 PM  
Blogger The Western Confucian said...

"Don't take the brown acid, man!"

Hilarious!

The article's purpose was to get hippies to join the Tea Party, not vice versa, so I don't think you need to worry about "the Tea Party movement cast[ing] itself as the successor to a bunch of drugged up, scruffy, anti-patriotic, lazy, indolent, sexually perverted malcontents who need a bath and a work ethic."

Thus, you will not have to "leave the Tea Party behind." As for me, I will only join when the tea partiers look to the likes of Dorothy Day rather than Glenn Beck for religious inspiration.

12:28 PM  
Blogger Mark in Spokane said...

Good to hear on all three counts!

Personally, I think the Tea Partiers need to listen more to traditional voices like Kirk, Hayek, Frank Meyer, Dorothy Day, and others. Less Beck. So there, we're agreed.

I am all for former hippies becoming responsible and becoming productive citizens. And if they convert to Christianity, even better. But in doing so, they have to give up the hippie banner.

Cheers!

1:05 PM  
Blogger Steve Hayes said...

"However, a stumbling block for the the "support the troops" brigades among the tea partiers will be the fact that it was her Catholic Worker Movement that staged the first demonstration against the War on Vietnam in 1963."

Aye, there's the rub.

I know little more than nothng about the Tea Party, but as a superannuated wannabe hippie I wouldn't want the memory of hippie ideals being sullied by association with the Tea Party, from what I have heard of it.

And Dorothy Day was better than both.

1:58 PM  

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