Let Your Freak Flag Die


On Oct. 6, 1967, Haight-Ashbury’s countercultural equivalent to a neighborhood “business association”—the San Francisco Oracle, Ron Thelin’s Psychedelic Shop, the Switchboard—held a sunrise service at Buena Vista Park to observe “The Death of Hippie.”

  • I beg to differ on the history of the “hippie”. I was a child of the ’60’s, I was there. Lived on the communes, the whole works — literally “dropped out” of status quo establishment society.

    The problem is the people who recount the history of the “hippie” were not really a part of that sub-culture — we referred to them as “weekend hippies”: University students and Professors, intelligentsia, and the wealthy privileged Left. They were all wannabes and every bit a part of the conformist establishment as your stereotypical “redneck”.

    The same Left-wing establishment type wannabes from those days, are today the people who pretend to hearken back to the ’60’s as former “rebels” against the “unjust system”. Hence, they feel they have some sort historical mandate to enforce their own skewed version of rebellion on the rest of society — “institutionalized rebellion” (an oxymoron). The David Suzukis, the Al Gores, et cetera.

    These people were never hippies and I will tell you why: People who were actually a part of that sub-culture DROPPED OUT OF MAINSTREAM CULTURE, to build their own culture. Hippies never tried to forcibly change the rest of society to become like them — it was voluntary, not fascist. We were libertarians, not Marxists.

    • I see your point. I came of age when Punk hit our shores and frankly it left me cold, especially the weekend Punks from Oakville and environs.

      I was certainly the right demographic, poor white working class, but I found no sense of belonging among the “in crowd”.

      • Big “shocka” when you converse with someone who was actually there (I couldn’t give the slightest insight about punk culture — you were there).

        A final shocka, then I’ll shut up lest I step on the toes of too many Jack Layton clones out there: The fact is hippies hated the Stones, the Beatles, the Monkees, etc. These groups were mainstream commercial pop in our eyes. Although I must admit we did give a pass to Dylan.

    • El Martyachi

      Heinlein Hippies FTW