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Re: “Hippie Havens

I was too young to join the now-legendary commune movement. I study it through "The 60's Communes" by Prof. Timothy Miller, first person accounts, and articles like this.

I keep wanting to come up with a simple explanation for the winding down of communes at the close of that period 1960 - 1975. Miller says you can't. He's the master. So, I subject myself to his judgement.

But it doesn't stop me from still trying to succinctly summarize why the commune movement spun down. Here's my theory de jour. It stopped being cool, new, and feeling right. The influx of hangers on and worse to the open communes, the routinization of hip poverty and deprivation, and the realization of the hippie lies such as that the rule of "no rules" can work in the long term (cf. p. 227 in "The 60's Communes, quoting Stewart Brand and Ken Kesey in "The Last Whole Earth Catalog") were as much factors as the ending of the draft and other societal changes.

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Posted by Softwine Market on 08/27/2018 at 12:26 AM

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