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What if the hippies in the '60s actually succeeded in instilling their values and beliefs into the majority of the world (without the corruption of those values in the '70s). Who would govern the countries? What would the legal system be like? Would the educational system play as big of a part in our futures? How would the economy be affected? Etc..
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itd be a hella of alot easier to get acid than to call your dealer every week and beg him to go picking for some.
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John Butler would be the current President

that would be awesome. his State of the Unions would be instrumentals.
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I imagine the entire world would have gone to ****, I mean, let's face it, a bunch of hippies off their heads on acid running countries? Just ain't gonna work man.

Hippies aren't always on acid, and I would imagine most of them would realize that acid and running a country don't always mix well.. though the insight gained from the trips would be worth applying
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The Russians would have thought fuck it and bombed all you American pigs.
#9
What if the '60's worked?

What if pigs could fly?
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The Russians would have thought fuck it and bombed all you American pigs.

And that there, is the face of ignorance.
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#12
it did work you fool..

look how much the world changed since the 50s.

they opened minds of generations not yet born..

there are just millions of stubborn idiots who dig violence, war, and greed
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hippiedom just wouldn't work.


it would if everyone were in on it
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We would all be living in a pretty ****ing awesome world.
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it would if everyone were in on it



Not everyone wants to be a hippy though.
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it would be just as ****ed up, just from a different perspective.

But the shorter answer to this would be: they didn't . EoD

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you would probably have less crime and killing cause everybody would be too stoned to move. thats my kinda place.
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it would if everyone were in on it


So would every form of government ever, it's just not practical to reason that everybody will support a government, there will always be detractors, and if those detractors are influential enough to corrupt and ruin the system, then that system has demonstrated it's uselessness. I will admit, however, that hoping for a perfect government is deep within the fathoms of utopian idealism.

In response to the original question, I think we'd have gone down the tubes as a society if the 60's movement succeeded overwhelmingly. I suppose you could argue it succeeded in the sense that it had a dramatic influence on people, but it didn't work to the extent that the followers of it had hoped, if it had, you'd have a much faster deterioration of the 50's mentality to the point that the backlash would be more immediate and more drastic. That is, with the influence of the 60's, a liberal way of thinking is slowly becoming more prominent and the American culture is sliding to one end of the spectrum, where if the 60's movement had completely succeeded, we'd be where we are now a long time ago, and in 2007, we'd be farther down that line, and the pendulum effect would be closer to beginning. We'd be overly decadent, and we'd associate the problems we had with the lifestyle we led, (as people do now) and you can only go so far before people naturally institute change, and we'd head back towards that 50's mentality because we've hit the lowest low within the 60's ideals. All this is still happening, just because that's how things go, it's just happening a lot slower than it could have.
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I prefer communism



I'm hoping that's an attempt at sarcasm considering you're 1) 15 2) have never lived under communist rule 3) one of your favorite books is Animal Farm which is a harsh commentary on the reality of communist rule.

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What if the hippies in the '60s actually succeeded in instilling their values and beliefs into the majority of the world (without the corruption of those values in the '70s).



The world would be a much better place.

I couldn't imagine it being that drastically different. Less wars...but I don't see why the economy would be affected or anything. But I lack the ability to see the most obvious things, so probably there is an obvious reason...
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I'm hoping that's an attempt at sarcasm considering you're 1) 15 2) have never lived under communist rule 3) one of your favorite books is Animal Farm which is a harsh commentary on the reality of communist rule.

if not... get a clue.

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umm yeah im pretty sure its sarcasm.
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Not everyone wants to be a hippy though.


We all wouldn't be hippies.

We would just be more peace loving people, and more focused on the good of others, rather than the good of ourselves.


And, no, in the long run and blown up to a national level, the hippie idea of life would have never worked.

They didn't believe in money, hence the Digger Free Shops, etc. If we didn't have money or some sort of system for bardering, we would have no way of paying other countries for the goods we need, or any way of giving the people who aren't of their mentality wages, etc.

the whole economy would have flopped, and we would have started back at square one.

As much as I loved their mentality on peace and whatnot, it just wouldn't have worked, if anything, for that simple reason.
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#26
i think it would be great, and i think if you opened this you probably think it'd be great too. but it would never happen. we need a balance. right now there isnt a balance.
#27
Legal weed FTW. Hippies are awesome I was driving home today and there was a hippie walking along the side of the road with a peace sign. I think more people should do that.
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#28
It wouldn't work because the corruption of their values was inevitable, those who saw as it was meant to be would survive as a structured community because they werent afraid to work to live but those who saw it as a good way to freeload and do drugs would ruin the dream for everyone and some form of order would have to step in and save the general populus from their stupidity.
#29
the hippie idealogy wasn't a realistic one. peace and love is a good goal, but sometimes you have to stand up for yourself and do what isn't nice. plus, hippies seemed to be more about just chilling out than accomplishing anything, so i dooubt much of anything would have gotten accomplished.
#30
If the 60's worked, we would still have sex, drugs and Rock & roll. Too bad now it's Aids, rehab and Techno.
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If the 60's worked, we would still have sex, drugs and Rock & roll. Too bad now it's Aids, rehab and Techno.

wasn't it all the unprotected sex in the 70's and 80's that led to aids being such a big problem?
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#34
well to an extent the sixties did "Work"

-Legalisation of Abortion
-Decriminalisation of Homosexuality
-Introduction of oral contraceptives
-New divorce laws make divorce easier
-Civil rights movement pushes forward equality for Blacks, Women and ethnic minorities
-Breakdown in conservatism of the past
-New ways of thinking and expression become socially acceptable

just because we cant smoke weed in public and go around in brightly painted VW vans doesn't mean the sixties didn't work
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#36
It would of ended up in some sort of totalatarian government. They would take the ideals to far and force them on people, ending up worse than what they hated in the beggining. Eg. Communism, pretty much any system of government based on utopian ideals.
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What if the hippies in the '60s actually succeeded in instilling their values and beliefs into the majority of the world (without the corruption of those values in the '70s). Who would govern the countries? What would the legal system be like? Would the educational system play as big of a part in our futures? How would the economy be affected? Etc..

The world would have even more sexists and homophobes, as hippies were very much so these things.
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#38
If it would've become the world,
we'd be rebelling now as teens and becoming fascists who refuse drugs, alcohol, and every other bad substance.
We'd want more dictators.
I don't know if the world would be more violent, but at least our generation would try to go for it. It's quite the same now though, almost.
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well to an extent the sixties did "Work"

-Legalisation of Abortion
-Decriminalisation of Homosexuality
-Introduction of oral contraceptives
-New divorce laws make divorce easier
-Civil rights movement pushes forward equality for Blacks, Women and ethnic minorities
-Breakdown in conservatism of the past
-New ways of thinking and expression become socially acceptable

just because we cant smoke weed in public and go around in brightly painted VW vans doesn't mean the sixties didn't work



ummm wasnt the 60s all about the legalizatin of weed?
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ummm wasnt the 60s all about the legalizatin of weed?


More just freedom in general and those other things were as much a part of it as people wanting legalisation of drugs.
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