Discuss the hippies' impact from 1960s to the present.

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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I think that one of the most powerful elements of the Hippie movement was that it showed how young people can be a force of intense social change.  At its most basic core, the Hippie movement consisted of people who sought to transform what is into what should be.  This power of transformation and change is what ended up defining the movement in the most intense of ways.  This becomes the overall impact of the Hippie movement.  It is something that can be seen to an extent today.  When examining the "Occupy Wall Street" movement, it is not something that is driven by the elder members of the social order.  Rather, it is young people who are taking to social protest and activism that is communitarian in its scope.  This is a page from the playbook of the Hippies.  When protesters chant, "The whole world is watching," it is a reminder that the Hippie movement from the 1960s is still felt today.  The boundless optimism and questioning of the youth is something upon which the Hippie movement depended and is something that enables it to be felt today.

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