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LINK Exorcising the Ghosts of the Sixties -

“I COULD NOT UNDERSTAND how anybody could rebel against a system so clearly benign.” That authorial “I” was John Updike in his self-deluding memoir, Self-Consciousness; the rebels he was referring to were fed-up blacks, middle-class students, the working poor, disenchanted professionals, and left-wing zealots; and the “benign” system was our own in the 1960s.

That “benign” system was destroying almost two million acres of land in South Vietnam by dropping more bombs on the country than we had dropped in all of World War II and the Korean War combined. That “benign” system had local law enforcement collaborating with the Ku Klux Klan to murder “uppity negroes”—then all-white juries, heartened by defense attorneys to defend Anglo-Saxonism against its enemies, would acquit the murderers.

zblaze 7 Aug 22

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I heard the KKK was created to provide oversight to the FBI and CIA (Navy Dept?) because they were in favor of Justice. Social engineering (corruption) found it's way into radio and TV reinventing America installing a duality as a norm. Wave the flag, go to church and be good little gangsters. (sex, drugs/alcohol and rock n'roll). Fain marriage and cheat. Keep America strong in a world of predation.

The master plan of course evolved. Technology boomed. It's anyones guess what the USA will be like in 50 years.

I heard the KKK started out as a social club. Then it got corrupted. Or something such.

@Slava3 A hacker friend joined back in the 90's. I thought about it just to see if it was still full of morons. He advised against it.


Good article with a lot of very valid points. The 60's were in fact very turbulent, but the end result was quite conflicted compromises which, as the article points out in several examples, were never fully resolved such that the sources of the conflict still lingered, even as the public perception of the issues gradually softened. The reaction to the 60's included the Nixon and Reagan approach to make political capital out of class and regional (and racial) divisions. But the long term legacy was the defunding of public education and the introduction, with Reagan's repeal of the fairness doctrine, of true propaganda into the American discourse. We still pay the price for that circumstance.

I feel very lucky to have grown up on the wave that the 1960s created--in that slim bit of time between 1970 and 1980, when I turned 18. Things had settled down a bit and some of what had been extreme ideas were becoming mainstream. Reagan came in like a dark cloud and helped turn me into someone who paid closer attention, who took action, however small, to add to the voices that I felt were the kindest and safest for the future. It'll take a revolution to change the direction of things now, and it's a bit scary. We can only start from where we are. I'd like the world to be a friendlier place, and I want to enjoy life here and now. It's an ongoing balancing act on so many levels.


It is mind bottling to me how people can still be prejudice after all the torrid stories of the past.

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