Friday, January 10, 2014

Establishment: The '60s vs. the Sixties

A mistake from a pretty good site. People in 1964 looked like me. This girl is modeling one kind of fashion from around 1970.

Actually in 1964 the liberals WERE saying "Obey the government without question, or you're a racist!" Liberals such as President Johnson. Then as now they were for government intervention to try to solve social problems, even if it went against the Constitution. The flip side of that was conservatives, who did care about the Constitution, not necessarily racist, opposed the feds' civil-rights actions. The radicals, such as SDS and, a few years later, the hippies, DID question the government, left or right. Sometimes they were right - accidental libertarians; I think mostly they were emotionally 12-year-olds who didn't like being told what to do (thanks, Anti-Gnostic). (It was also mostly a rich-kid thing.) That theme - of standing up for the little guy vs. Big Government - was around in the left as recently as the '80s, Dusk in Autumn explains. That "libertarianism" didn't seem last as the radicals essentially reached their goal of taking over the establishment. Liberals in the '50s-mid-'60s were committed anti-Communists; Cold Warriors: why they went to Vietnam and did the space race. The radicals didn't really want peace re: us in Vietnam for example; they were cheering for the other side. So Bill Ayers, who plotted to blow up our soldiers, is now a sort of respected elder statesman. '60s liberals still included socially conservative Catholics who wanted labor-union, New Deal socialism. Now the left, the establishment, wants to force the few remaining (yeah, thanks, Vatican II) such to pay for contraception and abortion and pretend two men can marry each other. Answers: no more social experiments but minimal government, MYOB foreign policy (non-aggression principle), free trade (sorry, Pope Francis; it works), tradition, and tribe, family writ large (why shouldn't the French like being French?).

  • Three TV villains that the audience turned into heroes. I thought of Archie Bunker too when the "Duck Dynasty" fight happened, but I still think that was a publicity stunt. People loved Archie Bunker and hated Meathead because they knew boomer liberals were full of shit. Even Sammy Davis, Jr. was in the Bunker bunker. He recognized Archie’s vocabulary was that of a hard-working American who grew up in a rough neighborhood. "Family Ties" bugged me because conservative means culture wars, not playing the stock market or shopping at the mall.
  • Boomer nostalgia. True except Dr. Spock gets a bad rap. I understand he was a common-sense godsend to young moms after the war, better than earlier experts' crackpot theories of child-rearing. Most of the major players and grassroots participants were Silents, and depending on the area of society, the later part of the Greatest Gen. Civil Rights, second wave feminism, electing Johnson -- all had nothing to do with Boomers. That's another way in which Boomer nostalgia is narcissistic -- it's self-aggrandizing, given how minimal their participation and influence was on Civil Rights, putting a man on the moon, and anything except for the consumer side of pop music (and related events like Woodstock). When the Boomers reminisce about the sound of 1967, are they including Frank Sinatra, Perry Como, and Dean Martin, all of whom had #1 songs on Billboard's adult contemporary / easy listening chart? Almost none of which would show up on a Sixties compilation or playlist.
  • Lefty nostalgia is weird too when it misses things like the draft (which the radicals opposed for their own bad reasons) - again, the liberals were all about the state. The draft that made us supporting players/saps getting killed to help the USSR win WWII. All of the “greatest generation” Americans who died in World War II died so that the Russian communist totalitarians, instead of the German Nazi totalitarians, could rule Eastern and Central Europe for the next 45 years. That is, so that that part of the world could be ruled by international socialists instead of self-described national socialists. All in the name of “freedom.” Joe McCarthy was right: FDR's government was riddled with Soviet agents and the Hollywood Ten were guilty as sin.

On the lighter side, one of Stan Freberg's great Jeno's commercials.

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