Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Brooks Whopper!

"The crime wave killed off the hippie movement. The hippies celebrated disorder, mayhem and the whole Dionysian personal agenda. By the 1970s, the menacing results of that agenda were all around."

David Brooks, "Children of the 1970s," The New York Times, May 18, 2010.

Brooks fashions himself a careful reader of the culture and the research base, his currency being insight. Unfortunately, this op-ed demonstrates how far a half thought will get you, and shows Brooks channeling garbled conservative hysteria about the 1960s. The hippies are coming! What is the point?

And this had something to with cities, neighborhoods, public action.

"The children of the '70s grew up with both, unprecedented freedom and disorder, and have learned, in mostly good ways, from both."

Is this some kind of redemption on the backs of Hippies?

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