Sixties? Mid sixties actually but I'm hanging in there...lol Prof - at our age it isn't so much about how young you feel but more about how long you'll last!
Yeah the 'sixties' (more accurately the seventies but nobody says that usually) were a time. Perhaps the best of times for America even with all their flaws because Americans (young mostly but not exclusively so) came out of the stifling McCarthyism of the fifties and said we can change things. What is most remarkable is not that we tried but that we succeeded. Civil rights led the way in more ways than one. Sit ins sound like student protest stuff but it was serious business at physically dangerous southern lunch counters. But then that is why we saw them and took courage from those with courage. All that you have written here is true good professor but things are very different these days.
The fifties conformity, the sixties reaction to it and the seventies new directions will not reoccur. We changed the world in so many great ways and we who fought for it have never been given credit for accomplishing all that we did. The changes we wrought were taken for granted and the radicals, hippies, beats and freaks went home and became the very people that they once were so intolerant of. We conformed in other words. We went along and never let on that once we had 'hair' and love beads and peace signs.
True things were easier to go along with. No more little black girls holding the hand of an armed National Guardsman escorting her into a desegregated elementary school. No more napalm horrors or white phosphorus nightmares or carpet bombing on TV at dinner... and no more draft! Oh yeah... let sleeping protesters lie... don't wake the dragon just let it sleep. No more draft!
We kind of thought that even though they didn't admit it in the media (suddenly the 'sixties' were only about drugs, sex and spitting on returning soldiers which never actually happened). We lost sight of who we had been and so we lost sight of who we were becoming and now... we are exactly what we we swore we'd never be... our parents (but with cell phones and the internet) !!!
However meanwhile... we saw things we didn't like but didn't see others doing anything much about any of it so neither did we. Once when millions marched against the war in the middle east... we hoped that 'WE' had reawakened from our long nap. The return of the committed moralists !!! But it was only for a day. Then we 'occupied' and thought a new awakening was dawning but we were contained and ran out of space and the media made fun of those who were sincere by featuring those who weren't.
So where are we now and is it so bad since we did accomplish so much change?
Holy shit is it bad! Worse than we could have ever believed. Can you believe it but I almost wish Goldwater had become president because what he would have said about G. W. Bush (heck probably the first Bush too). That America both liberal and conservative ...that constitutional America got lost in the aftermath of the sixties and we were too busy to notice. We gained civil rights and women's rights, gay rights and so forth... but our America 'of, for and by' was stolen away from us and corporatized. Oh sure corporate America had always manipulated, misused and abused government to their own ends but they hadn't made it a corporatized government 'of corporations, for the corporations and BY the corporations'.
We are a people who claim to object to outrageous invasions of privacy by our government yet say nothing while that same capacity for invasion of privacy (for tracking and monitoring every citizen) is shunted over to corporations who have even LESS restraints and no oversight. The NSA contracts with a corporation for data mined info and somehow that isn't the government collecting data mined info on people? Which cup is the pea under?
But unlike the sixties (that were really the seventies) something else looms ominously over us all in the relatively near future. Global warming = global unrest... there will be no escaping either.
What would any totalitarian government have given for the data mining total surveillance state we are rapidly erecting? At the first sign of large scale unrest (country wide or even international rather than local incidents) - the first sign of any sixtyish type 'movement' (remember that word? - they are well prepared.
Instant fascism... well hell that's new isn't it? Yikes! 'New and improved too'!
Global warming WILL create civil disturbances and massive unrest and dislocation of large numbers of people. They will not have constitutional guarantees... I don't know what they will have but the one thing I do know is that they won't have what we had back when we were young... they won't have the America they should have had.
We stopped short of true change back when ...because in the end... we accepted just enough change to allow us to not give a damn anymore... and now when HUMANITY may need people like us the most if ever it did... we didn't pass on that sense of commitment to our own kids.
Heat baby heat!!! Summer's here and the dying gets easier year by year. Heat baby heat. Fracking fracking everywhere Not a drop of water left to drink! Surfs up - aquifer's down. "I know you don't like seafood dear but eat your jellyfish... people are starving everywhere!" Heat baby heat... fascism lies in wait to pounce... ready and waiting... Heat baby heat... there's going to be big trouble all over the world... and that's dust bowl drought blowing' on the wind.
We let 'them' - 'they' - get set up and they are now prepared for the dangers of real democracy should it attempt to arise. in response to global warming That's how bad it is.
They are ready... they may have wished to be ready in the fifties (shades of J. Edgar) and tried to get ready in the sixties and so on but couldn't with that technology... now they are ready ... way ready...too ready!
...and yes they are waiting... it isn't bad enough yet but it'll get there eventually.
Heat baby heat... yeah it is going to be real bad... everywhere. That is the big difference... the word is >>> everywhere.
Edit for spelling and such and such ...for nearly 20 mins of editing...lol ...hey the sixties, man... I blame the sixties...don't you?