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What can Americans be proud of? Well, there was the sixties. Now what?

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I can't listen to classic sixties rock anymore, haven't been able to for a while, years, but it's only recently that I realized why: because it masks something or conceals something new that wants to come forward but that new thing isn't quite ready so there is a vacuum that gets filled with old tapes, old fillers, old narratives. What is coming is something less tested, grainier, more soulful, tenderer, more vulnerable, more accessible, fresher, more pissed and stronger. And I'm not sure if it is music or poetry or a hybrid of the two. It's not nostalgic or dreamy or full of allusions to something that was supposed to happen but didn't. It is made up of the real, that much is undebatable ... It just isn't quite as real as what stood in for reality before, but that is about to change! If you look at Howard Johnsons, which reigned as the fast-food king of the family-oriented (white) Institution of the American Highway, you see something real that became a kind of orthodox institution with its sterile, uniformed, smiling waiters and waitresses and the clean, wholesome food they served that obeyed the dictates of the food-pyramid, with meat and fish (fish sticks), green beans, french-fries and one of 28 flavors of ice-cream for desert at the foundation.

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It was all part of something we were being fed, first by the culture and then by the counter-culture. (I always find it amusing, that the "sixties" was really the second half of the '60s and the '70s.) Anyway, now it's all just a big complex that I have outgrown and let go, to make room for something that has not been detected, much less absorbed, by the culture yet. It is the stuff of a new culture. And in it there is nothing cliche' or intentionally obscuring or calculating or veiling or dreamy or dropping out. There is no reason to feed our heads anymore. (Our hearts know what to do.) There is nothing implicit in it either, and when it shows itself, there will be nothing behind it. Maybe I am saying it won't have a shadow or imply something not said but it will be exactly what it seems to be. It will be as different from what us old hippies knew as the old food pyramid is different from the new food pyramid, which is not just about food, but about the stories attached to the food, introducing more dimensions to the pyramid, a holographic pyramid. So will the new music and the new poetry be holographic, off-script. It will have a story and it will be linked up with so much of what has not yet been fully born, that we can't anticipate what form it will assume. Also I think it will be drug-free, because drugs monopolize our receptors so nothing real or profound or transformative can get through. It will be lucid and survival-rich. Like a 21ist-century "Songs of Experience". The writers of these new songs or new poems and new art-forms will have the backing of extremely powerful allies, such as Blake's Tyger burning bright.

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I think the connection between the new hippy movement and food is telling. The link between food, Nature, mental and physical health has become apparent to me and I see it in others here in my rural 'hood. The war on our soil, water and air that results in toxic, processed chemical meat and vegetables is being resisted by the new hippies. Many of us also eschew the consumer and tech crap that drives the assault on our environment. Even some midwesterners in our bread/rust belt see that "efficient farming" is turning the Earth into the US version of Iraq and Afghanistan.

Eating a large variety of fresh food becomes a very nice part of life. Food and drugs blur somewhat when health is maintained by micro-dosing daily with Nature's pharmacy. Big ag and the chemical companies are fighting this law by law and subsidy by subsidy. Whether or not the revolution catches the world's attention, it makes its practitioners much healthier and happier in these troubled times. Put your breathing mask on first before trying to help others.

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I agree with everything you are saying except that I don't see it as a new hippy movement. For one thing, due to the internet, there has been a revolution in musical appreciation and exposure to multi-cultural styles of music and other art-forms and spiritualities. . .again, all because of the internet. So this movement is spiritually exploratory. And they are food-centered and food-savvy. It is a counter-nationalist movement if anything, and I think it is veering away from drugs, slowly but gradually. Who am I referring to? Well, there are islands of this new off-script culture, all over the United States. Not hippies. No, definitely not hippies. One thing they do share with the hippies is, they tend to be apolitical because all the politicians during their life-span have been fools, like Bush or weak and ineffectual, like Obama.

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I disagree profoundly with the claim that hippies in the '60s were not political bro. When I'd be on a march on the Pentagon or a rally in Central Park, or at any political demonstration back then, hippies were everywhere, carrying signs, wearing political shirts, shouting "Hey Hey LBJ, How many kids did you kill today?" There were hippies, yippies (overtly political hippies), commies, and a whole stew of others. Long-haired or afro-wearing young mothers would be openly nursing babies while long haired, bearded guys would be shouting at cops and long-haired returned veterans looked for appropriate places to toss their medals. Demonstrations were a stew of hippies, panthers, yippies, commies, anarchists, draft dodgers, anti-war activists. Brightly painted school buses would unload dozens of colorfully adorned hippis armed with signs and food to distribute to the masses. It was a political time and a time of rejecting social norms and everyone was political in some way. We were all hippies and we were all political.


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I don't know if I would call those who participated in the marches and strikes as "hippies". I see hippies as counter-culture drop-outs and apolitical, not espousing any political solution or system. They were anti-everything except living, loving, hanging in and hanging out. They had no agenda and were not thinking beyond the moment.

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I perceive a large swell of environmentally conscious young people and a lot of talk about economic inequality. Both of these are connected with the oligarchs responsible for creating these conditions. While I haven't seen a whole lot of end the wars yet; but I expect we will see that added to the political scene along with a push to declassify marijuana as a dangerous substance.

I think the 60's was a period of awakening; that experience has now matured and is ready to bring about a cultural shift lessening material desires, community. This time around we have the internet instead of underground newspapers.

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The peace-freedom-civil rights awakening of the sixties came down from above, with a lot of stars dusts, stars and hosts of heaven dragged down here and trampled as human beings by the establishment in Daniel 8:9-14, kept secret in Daniel 8:26. Would bet that is much of the new way Steve Miller sings about finding in Space Cowboy. I'll go a bit further and say that the fulfillment of the sixties dreams will be the fulfillment of the good news of the gospel. Hey, was told from above that Rock and Roll are the Pearls (As I call the Peals.) of Thunder told to be kept secret in Revelations 10, without ever remember hearing or reading about them being kept secret. There is more to be said about John Lennon and Arlo Guthrie too but gave ya enough to chew on for a while.

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These days were cut short by John Lennon's death, or no one would survive, and the other olive branch must never go to the big apple.

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