Monday, June 20, 2011

The Sixties: A First Hand Account

National Post reporter Peter Kuitenbrouwer is in the middle of publishing a five-part series entitled: "In My Father, His Firebombs and My Messed Up Sixties Childhood" in the Post. Part 2 appears today. Peter's father, Paul, was a 60s hippie and the series probes the issue of what it was like to grow up as a child of real 60s hippies.

The series is remarkable for its honesty and insight. It shows how disfunctional the radical movement was and how downright squalid and dirty the lifestyle was. It was a case of children parenting children and, from this distance, clearly more a matter of arrested adolescent development than a counter-culture.

I encourage you to read it and ponder the degradation and disintegration that went under the banners of "peace and love."

Part 1 is here. Part 2 is here. The complete series is here.

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