What is Counterculture?

[Compiled by Roz Bevan and Corianna Moffatt]

Counterculture is the shift in lifestyle that rejected conventional/established manners, morals, and behaviors. The youth began to embrace naturalness, self-expression, self-realization, nudity, and drug-use.


Photo caption: Paperbag magazine was an “underground” magazine that exhibited the interests of the counterculture.

Note Paperbag‘s headings –

“Pot Laws Are Archaic!” – On November 8, 2016, Massachusetts voters will select “yes” or “no” on ballot Question 4.

QUESTION 4. Legalization, regulation and taxation of marijuana. If voters say “yes,” Massachusetts will join Colorado, Alaska, Oregon, Washington state and District of Columbia in legalizing marijuana for recreational use.[3]                               



Student power

1968 was a huge election year – then President Lyndon B. Johnson (Democrat), announced he would not be running for re-election.  His escalation of the Vietnam War during his time in office affected his public appeal greatly, especially with students. The late 60s saw the rise of numerous social change groups – notably, the Civil Rights Movement, the Black Panther Party, the Feminist Movement, the Environmental Movement, the Hippie Movement, the Anti-Nuclear Movement.

The Democratic contenders were Hubert Humphrey, Robert F Kennedy, Eugene McCarthy, and George McGovern. Robert F. Kennedy was a huge favorite of the youth.  He had a long history of speaking out against the Vietnam War.  On June 6, 1968, in the campaign celebration that followed the release of the results of the California State Primary (with Bobby Kennedy narrowly coming out on top), Robert F. Kennedy was shot and killed. Hubert Humphrey went on to become the 1968 Democratic Nominee for President.

The US was in uproar throughout 1968.  Over 100 riots occurred in cities throughout the country.

From an excellent Politico article by Josh Zeitz, July 18, 2016, How Trump Is Recycling Nixon’s ‘Law and Order’ Playbook: Almost 50 years ago, Nixon used fear of crime to tap into a broad array of popular anxieties. Today, even with crime at all time lows, Trump’s trying the same.

“By focusing incessantly on racially coded issues like crime and urban unrest, Nixon signaled to white voters that he offered a respectable alternative to Wallace. Campaigning throughout the upper South, he endorsed the Supreme Court’s decision in Brown v. Board of Education, which banned segregation in public schools, but also assured white voters that he felt it was wrong for the federal government to “force a local community to carry out what a federal administrator or bureaucrat may think is best for that local community.” Even the conservative Wall Street Journal criticized Nixon’s “harsh and strident efforts to capitalize on deep-seated discontent and frustration. This is the Richard Nixon who tells a whistle-stop rally in Deshler, Ohio that in the 45 minutes since his train left Lima, one murder, two rapes and 45 major crimes of violence had occurred in this country—and that ‘Hubert Humphrey defends the policies under which we have seen crime rise to this point.’” The former vice president was peddling a brand of “extremism [that] seems not only unnecessary but self-defeating. … In a society already deeply divided by fear and mistrust, Mr. Nixon’s hard line seems sure to deepen the divisions.”

Read more: http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2016/07/donald-trump-law-and-order-richard-nixon-crime-race-214066#ixzz4K34IYIQv


As a reminder, we are in a very important election year. Rock the VOTE.