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Nothing personal, but they fought against the military industrial machine some 40-50 years ago and in the time since the military industrial machine has done nothing but thrive. Agreements? Rebuttals?
Casualfun Casualfun 36-40, M 19 Answers Jun 30, 2012

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Ultimately, they did succeed in a most important task, and that was that Bill and Sharon, two long haired, pot smoking miscreants mated and thus produced the wonder that is now known as...Me.

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and this cannot be denied.

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Well, you know I'm not the vain sort, but...yeah. That.

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No , it's a state of mind.

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Epic fail.

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The military and industrialization weren't the only points of attack. The hippies succeeded in bringing racial inequality to the forefront.

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Alright, touche. Well said. And I appreciate seeing at least one cogent answer to the question.

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Look up.. The Burning Man. Tell me if you think hippies died

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Really? Burning Man?? Wow, thanks for making my point even stronger.

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your premise is too inane to even warrant comments or rebuttals.......

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with the exception of misspelling "completely" how is it inane? They were a counter culture movement. Nice music. Cool clothes. Decent drugs. Otherwise not much to speak of... how is my premise flawed?

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Not really--they had a major influence on much of today's society, they just didn't turn things totally around.

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In what way did they turn anything around? Vietnam didn't end until '75 (IT WAS A TIE!). And how many military conflicts have we engaged in since then? We spend more than a trillion dollars every two years on "national defense." And we have military bases in over 100 countries worldwide. What exactly did they turn around?

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I didn't read every answer but it seems you're mainly focusing on how they affected our military actions. They planted the seed for citizens to band together and protest against unjust wars and unbridled military actions and unpopular wars. So they had an affect but mainly they influenced our society ,opening up sexual freedom and tolerance and upsetting the status quo of rigid conformist society .

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Also Hippies were involved in fighting racism , sexism , and seemed to be more tolerant of people with different sexual orientations.

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Maybe it failed politically speaking, probably because it was actually heterogeneous, with people focusing on the pleasure principle mainly but disagreeing on the precise definition of justice and equality.

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it's safe enough to say things like that. hippies are non-violent, if there are any left.<br />
the sexual revolution really began in the 60s, and the hippies made the most of it; our culture has practically cured the virginity epidemic since then.<br />
the hippies helped advance the environmental movement. <br />
dissent, questioning authority, mistrusting government: all fine traditions that live on to this day.<br />
the hippies were the first white kids to really catch on to reefer. that, too, has lived on.

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what would the sexual revolution have been without scientific progress?

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consider it a perfect storm, where the contraceptive technology arrived at a point where society was ready to adopt it...

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I cannot give them credit for dissent, questioning authority, and mistrusting government. Our entire soceity as Americans is based on these principles and our national history is littered with examples of these acts, violent and non-violent, that pre-date the hippies. But they can take credit for a sexual revolution that may in part be responsible for the rights of gays and lesbians being advanced today.

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try to take the era in context...this was 20 years after WW2, less than 10 years after JoeMcCarthy's red scare. the cold war was running full tilt. the previous generation trusted the government, and believed in strong social order. Hoover was running the FBI. by today's standards, it was a police state.
progress in gay rights owes more to the civil rights and womens' rights movements than it does to dope and free love.

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They succeeded as far as I'm concerned, I still listen to that era and I'm alert to the fact they were shot down real quick for showing their vulnerability....they were killed off but that is where their strength lies ...dying for their beliefs, the mark of a true revolution...the 60's was the beginning of real love....

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The music was pretty damn good for one thing. Getting people to think for themselves and to question authority and also in the area of networking. Questioning authority was what brought down Nixon and what also eventually ended the war in Vietnam. Networking is what you're doing right now, using a network to access this site. Networking is an old Hippie concept. Before the days of computers, they used to network through underground newspapers. That's how they were able to get 400,000 to show up at Woodstock. Now we network through the Internet.

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People networked through underground newspapers at the constitutional conventions in Philadephia in the late 18th century,and in other places well before that. The hippies didn't invent networking. And the war in Vietnam ended because we lost and we were running out of money.

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And the music?

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And questioning authority?

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The music was pretty good. Lots of people have questioned authority in our country, since the mid 1700's. The hippies were just another in a long line that still goes on today.

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