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.)