Did the Sixties Really Happen? (Part Two)


Kathy Shaidle’s series on the myths of the “peace and love” era:

But why would all these “peace and love” lefties hang out with an obvious loon like Manson, with whom they couldn’t possibly have anything in common?

Besides, that is, a taste for underage girls. The Beach Boys were notoriously fond of the “jailbait” flooding California at the suggestion of the allegedly incestuous “Papa” John Philips, who penned “the insipid song known as ‘San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair).’ (…) Along with the Monterrey Pop Festival [which he co-founded with Terry Melcher], the song will be instrumental in luring the disenfranchised (a preponderance of whom are underage runaways) to San Francisco to create the Haight-Asbury phenomenon and the famed 1967 ‘Summer of Love.’”

And drugs, ecology and occult, “new age” — and kinda fascist — mumbojumbo.

And a gnostic self-image as elite instigators of an apocalyptic civil war.

(Obama’s friends Ayers and Dohrn and the rest of the Weather Underground, approved of the Family’s murder spree.)

Manson’s hope — that “the Black man” would rise up and kill (other) white people, leaving the hippie/leftist elite untouched and, conveniently, in control — was so integral to the era’s lefty worldview that it was spoofed on a bestselling National Lampoon album, by a singer imitating mainstream Quaker folkie Joan Baez (below, language warning.)

  • shiraz

    I had that record back in the day!

    • Man I remember when NatLam was a good mag.

      • Drunk_by_Noon

        I remember picking up a copy of NL in 1978-1979 and wondering what all the fuss was about.
        I didn’t get it.

        • ntt1

          it was over by then, most of the good writers had died or moved on. Early 70s were prime partially because of drug use/brain damage and the young, rather immature humour most of us had. the image of a giant flaming turkey crashing in new jersey ,( the von hindenbird disaster) seemed pretty funny if your chemistry was correct.

  • truepeers

    It’s hard to imagine there was a time when an album like that could be part of the national pop culture. Of course back then, probably even National Lampoon couldn’t imagine a day when the President would be inciting racial violence with blood libels against cops.

    • But why did the left change course and effectively turn on its own successes?

      • truepeers

        Do you mean, why did the left become authoritarian elitists? what motivates the left is essentially resentment of what is and a desire to destroy and to replace with some more or less Utopian alternative, which naturally requires them to take power on behalf of the victim groups an to enforce correctness. So They become corrupted by power.

      • Frau Katze

        The crackpots who emerged in the 1960s (they actually started a bit earlier), took over the “old left”. I lived through the hippie era untouched by it, for the most part. Perhaps 2 or 3 people in a given high school class of 30 were “into” the stuff. Most people ignored it. (We listened to the music, of course.)

  • winniec

    They (cultural Marxists) still purvey the same view, but today the ‘noble savage’ of choice (to do the dirty work of destroying European civilization) is the Muslim immigrant. He demands the Leftarded cultural Marxists crush free speech, and the Leftards willingly and happily do so…what they wanted all along. They write the laws so they may prevent anyone from criticizing the ‘noble savages’ or their Bronze Age culture.

  • Uncle_Waspy

    Very interesting. I never knew Manson was a musician.

    Freakshow John Philips and Manson are kindred spirits — pure hippie evil minus the goofy peace/love veneer.

    • Yea its creepy how creepy California hippies really were.

      • UCSPanther

        The movement attracted all kinds of societal detritus, that’s for sure.

    • Frau Katze

      An aspiring one. The true crime book “Helter Skelter” gives a good account of Manson plus a feeling for the zeitgeist.