American Dream wrote:Ianeye wrote:I am not fully "on board" either.
Anyone lurking have an opinion on this?!?
I think McGowan is on to something- that intelligence agencies did have something to do with the 60's counterculture, but he is taking too much coincidence and implying that it proves more than it does...
We've discussed this point before here at RI. There was a difference between the activists and the flower children that most folks do not bother to parse. I think it is entirely plausible, given the MIC's deep understanding of psychology, that they could and did create a fake opposition-kind of like pro wrestling and the Democratic party-to divert all those malcontented teenagers onto the dead end road of sex, drugs and rock-and-roll. How hard is it really to lure hormonal young people with those potent weapons? Charlie Manson can tell you.
It must have been quite clear to the owners in the aftermath of the Kennedy assassination and the escalation of the Vietnam War that something would have to be done. Imagine if the counterculture had never existed-I think quite possibly they would have had an actual revolution on their hands at the instigation of true radical activists and artists. Instead, the troops were in a stupor, tuning out and turning on.