What is a hippie?

Occasionally you hear about hippies. But people who call themselves hippies today, or that others call hippies, are not like the original hippies at all. Generally, modern hippies are more brown (and I’m talking clothing choice) and less stoned than the original hippies. The original hippies were making many different political statements, social statements, and fashion statements. Of those various statements, many have been incorporated into modern mainstream thinking. Other ideas were taken out into the yard, shot mercilessly in the head, and buried in a deep, unmarked hole dug in the forest….

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  1. #1 Comrade PhysioProf
    May 15, 2010

    I’ll tell you something strange I learned the other day about hippies. You know the phrase “Dirty Fucking Hippy”? I always thought it was purely metaphorical, but apparently “straight” people back in the day actually thought hippies were physically dirty.

  2. #2 Pierce R. Butler
    May 15, 2010

    Are you saying that “modern hippies” are a bunch of Brownshirts?

    CPP: Do not rely on media accounts for an understanding of “hippies” – don’t even rely on them for an understanding of contemporaneous media accounts of “hippies”!

  3. #3 Hibob
    May 15, 2010

    P.R.B.: For the purposes of this discussion, should Greg Laden be considered The Media, A Hippie, or A Dirty Fucking Hippie?

  4. #4 Alan
    May 15, 2010

    Hippie Roots & The Perennial Subculture
    By Gordon Kennedy & Kody Ryan

    Dirty Fucking Hippies WERE RIGHT!

  5. #5 DuWayne
    May 15, 2010

    You are such a fucking hippie Greg…

  6. #6 Pierce R. Butler
    May 15, 2010

    Hibob @ # 3 – DuWayne just answered your question.

  7. #7 gruebait
    May 15, 2010

    Almost every time I come across some pejorative use of “hippy” on the Web, I marvel at how far removed denizens of 2010 are from the 1960s.

  8. #8 Bill James
    May 17, 2010
  9. #9 joe
    April 19, 2011

    Nice blog!