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Fifty Years After Woodstock, We Are Caught in the Devil’s Bargain

Originally published at http://www.commondreams.org/views/2019/08/15/fifty-years-after-woodstock-we-are-caught-devils-bargain

Yeah, yeah, all that’s ancient history, nothing for US to learn from it.

Bullshit. For starters, all of the other things that happened within a month either way that still affect us today. I’m 73, and I did NOT go to Woodstock. (Later I did make it to the ill-fated Altamont concert, but I was so far back in the crowd I heard the music, smoked pot, and saw nothing.)

But I had forgotten that both the Manson murders and the Kennedy negligent manslaughter that gave us 20 years of bumper stickers reading “Ted Kennedy’s car has killed more people than my gun” wer so near as to be in the very air.

But Woodstock–arguably a foreshadowing of Burning Man–changed a good many lives for the better because of the possibilities it displayed. Not mine, as I was already on a slightly different quest. But don’t “misunderestimate” it on the basis of what you see in the MSM or even what you hear from some of the people who were there.

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The hippies were right, which is primarily why they were scorned.

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