Saturday, September 10, 2016

The path from baby boomer to neoliberal? You can count ME out.

I joined the cohort at the end, in 1960. The writer Toynbee was there at Peak Flower Child, and reports on the derailment that followed in the context of a new exhibition in London.

Did we baby boomers bring about a revolution in the 60s or just usher in neoliberalism? by Polly Toynbee (The Guardian)

... But the curators end with a reminder of another child of the flower children: out of all this revolution against “the system” came a “me” individualism that grew into neoliberalism. Early hippy ideals of silicon valley soon morphed into each-for-yourself, pay no taxes, screw all governments. Anti-establishment “freedom” has many dark sides and the Beatles had it right: “We all want to change the world / But when you talk about destruction / Don’t you know that you can count me out”.

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