The Hippie Temptation (1967)

Hilarious CBS News documentary on hippies in the Haight from 1967.It may be missing in this version, but in the original, at the opening, Harry Reasoner asks, with a detectable snear, “What are hippies?” I love this documentary because it shows a few critical things: 1) that many of the things we associate with May ’68 were preceded by events in 1967 (particularly around creating institutions and arrangements at a local level) 2) the ways “hippies” were turned into objects of hate by the mainstream 3) the way, I think it was Harold, was treated by his mother because he said, based on his experiences with acid, that God is everything that exists. Amazing!

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