How did the hippie movement change the world?

Here’s an article I ran across recently. I wish I could go to V&A Museum in London to see the show. Anyway, the article mentions the Stewart Brand’s Whole Earth Catalog, Steve Jobs, and how the hippies directly and indirectly (for better or worse–depending on your perspective) changed our world.

As is almost always the case with mainstream articles on this topic, it’s all about the ADULTS and about their ideas and innovations and explorations into new ways of thinking and living. Most of these adults had kids, though, and I think it’s time to hear from some of them. I’m always on the lookout for kids of hippies and would like to hear their stories. If you know any of these kids or their stories, please send them my way. I would love to know more about where they are now, how they live, and most of all what they think about their pasts.



Marijuana timeline

Another excellent source of general information about the unfolding timeline of the California marijuana business and related government response.

It’s amazing to think that if the author Edie Butler had continued writing the timeline, it would include the fact that California has not only legalised the use of medical marijuana but the (partially) recreational use as well.

According to a recent article on the website called Cush Tourism, “The Adult Use of Marijuana Act (Proposition 64) was passed on November 8th, 2016, legalizing the recreational use of marijuana for adults over the age of 21. As a result of the newfound recreational legality, adults are legally allowed to possess up to one ounce of marijuana at a time, and cultivate up to 6 plants – as long as they are out of public view.”

I wonder how this would have affected all of those growers I grew up with. Probably not much. Most buyers don’t have the means to grow it themselves and want to continue buying from a trusted source. At lease we wouldn’t have had the fear surrounding us on a daily basis, helicopters, surveillance planes with infra-red cameras, threats to poison crops and go to prison long term because of making a modest income from a drug that is safer by far than alcohol or cigarettes.

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Here’s part of a longer post I found on the website Soapboxie written by Tracy Lynn Conway, called “What Happened to the Hippies?”  I’m hoping that her post will counteract all negativity in the last  post. It makes me proud to think that I was raised by such an innovative and progressive group of people.

What remains today?

Lasting Effects of the Hippies

Laws that protect the environment became part of the U.S. Government and global agenda. Earth day, the Green Movement and concern about a person’s carbon footprint all have roots in the hippie culture. Interest in organic food, herbal remedies and vitamins all go back to this time. Due to the hippie movement we now have acceptance of multiple personal lifestyle choices including acceptance of unmarried couples, rights of homosexual, bisexual and transsexuals. Frankness regarding sexual matters also originates with this movement. Hippies, like their Wandervogel predecessors, encouraged a wide range of clothing options that live on today. The option for men to wear mustaches, beards and long hair was not only a fashion statement, but a form of rebellion against the norms and expectations of society, and has remained acceptable due to the hippie movement. Many people now attend free music festivals. The open access to information that the Internet offers is also believed to stem from Hippie influences. Websites like Napster, which offered music for free to all, and Wikileaks, which promotes government transparency all, share a connection to the hippie influence and mindset.

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Ageing hippie

I really hate to post this, but I have to since I think people should be aware of how the people I once grew up with are now seen in the eyes of (some, hopefully few) others. That is, as long as the former communards are still somehow recognisable as having lived on one or at least have lived an alternative lifestyle.

Here’s how the urban dictionary defines an ageing hippie douchbag:

A 40 something, bald-headed dumbass with a scraggly-ass ponytail and typically sports a tie-dye t-shirt and crooked glasses. More often than not, they never were a hippie in the first place. A lot like a straight-up douchebag except they are always bald with a ponytail.
1. look at the ageing hippie douchebag, God what a douche eh.
2. Check out the ponytail on that ageing hippie douchebag, wtf.
Here’s the definition of ageing hippie liberal douche:
A former hippie with sterotypical beliefs, who may or may not still externally show their hippiness, and have liberal beliefs. This phrase was coined on an episode of South Park. An example of a possible ageing hippie is a man in his late fifties/early sixties, a full beard, but groomed, long straight hair, usually braided or tied into a ponytail, and openly speaks out their beliefs in the way of an activist.
Oh God, here comes that aging hippie liberaldouche, we better get out of here before we have to hear his bitching.
Who the hell writes the urban dictionary? Can someone please update these definitions? As far as I can tell, these definitions were written by a complete moron who can’t spell. I had to make numerous corrections before posting this shit.


There are so many ways to lampoon the entire hippie generation, even the non-hippies of that time that started doing all kinds of esoteric things, like having their astrological charts read and practising “proper” food combining while listening to Joni Mitchell sing “Both Sides Now.” Honestly, I don’t spend much time wondering whether or not these things work or have any real benefit so I’m sure I’ve already offended loads of people who actually do some of the things that I think are just totally nuts. So…sorry.  I just couldn’t hold back. Whatever gets you through the night or floats your boat, as they say. Nobody told me that we have to believe in the same things. I believe a bunch of weird shit, too, believe it or not, but I’m not divulging that yet. Anyway…if you turn on Joni Mitchell I’ll probably sing along.