Thursday, October 29, 2009

Remember the silent majority
Regarding our received image of the ’60s it’s time to question authority

Heading back to around 1960: want to join us?
Don’t believe what you’ve seen in the movies. Malcom X wasn’t friendly with Martin Luther King, most anti-war protesters were just looking “to get laid,” and plenty of Americans lived through the whole decade without seeing a hippie, save on TV.

Kathryn Jean Lopez: If ’60s radicals “were a small minority on college campuses and were often held in disdain by their fellow students,” why have they had so much cultural influence?

Jonathan Leaf: Because through Hollywood movies, TV shows, and books, they’ve managed to tell a tale that reflects their own narcissistic vision of themselves as central and heroic to the time.

All of the most important leaders of the “anti-war” movement — Tom Hayden, Bill Ayers, Mark Rudd, Abbie Hoffman, Katherine Boudin, et al. — were very much in favor of violence and war. It’s just that they wanted our Communist enemies to win.
I’m not anti-rock music.

From Mark Steyn.

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