I'm watching this program on PBS which is a concert featuring music from the 60s, and of course, between segments of it they're asking for pledges and talking about the program. And they talk about the 60s, and they keep talking about these 'changes' that went on. But what these changes might have been is inutterable. The 'changes' in question were that people were no longer blindly following authority, they were questioning what society said was right and proper, and they were often being beaten and murdered for their trouble. But we can't speak about that, in no small part because the bulk of what is now remembered as the 'hippie movement' were just posers who came along for the drugs and the free love, but turned and ran when it came to activism and sacrifice-- so it should have been no surprise that they all turned out to be sellouts in the 80s --and we have to accommodate their inflated idea of their significance to improving the world, even as they now constitute the ruling class and make the world what it is now, the new incarnation of what they were allegedly resisting. We certainly mustn't speak about how our societal institutions brutalized dissenters; America can only do good things. So all you can talk about is the hedonism and the mushy stuff, and that's all you see pitched to the audience. So you get pictures of aging 'hippies' rocking with the music, maybe with a little tear in their eye, because PBS has to pitch to its regular audience, and that's what it believes its audience to be.
At the same time, you've got people who are not dilletantes about selling out and crushing the weak, shall we say, and they resent even the flaccid ghost of the 60s that's represented on PBS, even as beholden as it is to corporate money, and ultimately subservient to that money, and they want to twist off any funding they can. Even a semblance of dissent must be eradicated, even the bogus, back-patting feel-good flower-child bullshit intended for sobbing ex-hippies who want to be comforted over their dishonorable lives. In fact, simply obeying is no longer sufficient. One must be an idealogue; one must fervently believe in the utility of murder to the good, for a lack of mercy for whoever's designated the enemy, and in the essential subhuman nature of all non-Americans. And you have to hate thinking people, because thinking goes against Jesus, but we will still lovingly grab hold of all the weapons the eggheads can come up with; you have to hate those who would show mercy, because they would water down the sanctified murderous rage of Jesus Christ our Saviour and give succor to the enemy. So what I would say to these people is, you might want to lay off the flabby, sympathetic liberal hippie types, because once they're all out of the way, you're going to have to deal with people like me, and I'm not really a peace-and-love kind of person. The more you show to me that the few decent human beings are marginalized or crushed, the better I like it, because the less reservation I have.