Hippies vs Gutter Punks

Michelle Malkin proves again that she’s wrong nearly 100% of the time.

Now she thinks it’s “hysterically funny” that former hippies hate gutter punks.

From the LA times:

From his second-floor apartment at the counterculture crossing of Haight and Ashbury streets, Arthur Evans watches a new generation of wayward youth invade his free-spirited neighborhood.

The former flower child was among the legions of idealistic wanderers who migrated here during the Vietnam War to “tune in, turn on and drop out.”

But Evans, who has lived at the same address for 34 years, says he has never seen anything like this crowd, who use his flower bed as a bathroom and sell pot outside his window.

I think she feels that there’s some sort of irony here because hippies are just like gutter punks.

This couldn’t be farther from the truth.

I lived in the Haight for 4-5 years and currently spend about 25 hours a week there so I think my opinion is qualified.

Let’s compare shall we:

hippies gutter punks
optimistic nihilistic
anti-war could care less (see above)
non-violent violent

  1. i think you’re judging “gutter punks” (i’m not getting on my high horse here, i use the term too.) based on their appearance. I agree with your first comparison that the hippies were optimistic and the gutter nihilistic, but beyond that i agree with michelle that there are more similarities than differences. (i used to live in upper haight too.) they are rejects from society who refuse to play by the social norms. they spend their time doing little else other than asking for money, making plans and getting high / drunk.

    sure the hippies thought they could fight the man and change the world, but did they? ummm no. however they weren’t the only ones who thought they could change the system in that era. lets not forget that just a few years before young people were marching for racial equality. back then all young people thought changing the world was possible.

    that optimism is gone from all (young) (american) people. who believes you can change the world or defeat the man these days? who has believed that since the days of reagan, when the US’s punk movement changed from being about the music to being about economic outcasts (though that was the origin of punk in the UK). the gutter punks’ nihilism is just an amplified reflection of america’s and american youth’s own nihilism, the same way that the hippies were an amplified reflection of the optimism of the time. back then it seemed like young americans really could change the world.

    either way all either of them did was get high.

    and *anyone* who’s surprised someone (and not just gutter punks) is selling pot outside his window on haight street needs a reality check. green buds.

  2. I don’t really care what they look like. I do feel they are violent…. the whole having a pit bull thing is disturbing.

    Last year a little girl was attacked and had to go to the hospital. Six months before that someone was stabbed……

    Add on the nihilism and you’re not talking about a pretty situation.

  3. Charles Manson? Altamont? The Wetherman Underground? The violent clashes between anti-war protestors and police?

  4. Anonymous

    Go shower you dirty hippie!

    jk ;)

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