The hippie movement of the mid-to-late-'60s came directly out of the student movement of the late '50s and early '60s, which in turn came out of the civil rights movement. All of these were woven into a textile that remains a part of America's social, political, and religious fabric. (It's the rug under America's drumset! Yeehaw, a drum-related metaphor!) To dismiss their participants' efforts and the lives that were sacrificed toward their valuable, indeed necessary goals would seem to be either disingenuous or ignorant.Yeah, I think that's a bit of a history rewrite. The product of the baby boom were born into a world of riches and comfort, and they turned into nihilists. If you look at the sit-ins at the colleges you can see that they were relatively infrequently about the 'hypocrisy of society' and generally about kids wanting more stuff. And the hippie movement really exploded due to two events: Vietnam (kids just didn't want to go off and fight a war) and drugs.
There's a reason we call the WWII generation "the greatest generation" and we call their kids "hippies". The hippies gave us some good music ... but that's about it.
I don't mean this as a personal insult, AllTheCool. The tendency to bash U.S. baby boomers has been growing steadily for a good 15 or 20 years now, and hippie-bashing has been a popular adjunct to that criticism. I do wonder if yours was a throwaway comment that didn't really represent your knowledge of U.S. sociopolitical events of the second half of the last century.
The hippie movement cannot be separated from the civil rights movement when you're speaking of its actual effects on U.S. society (and others). As a bonus, it helped the country recover from a long, necessary period of upheaval in a more gentle way than it had entered it -- or was trying to, until Manson pushed the whole thing off a cliff in '69.
(Looks like the prednisone is kicking in. I apologize for any offense or misunderstanding on my part.)
ETA: Goodness, I thought this was in the off-topic lounge. My sincere apologies. I will of course understand if this post is deleted.