Updated: May 12
It all starts in the early 60’s with hippies. The hippy movement has been misconstrued in our culture. Because of shows like That 70s show and Shaggy from scooby doo, It’s brought up as some goofy drug infested era with a bunch of dirty mother fuckers. Some of that is true but in reality, for a second there, it was actually the closest the world had gotten towards complete peace. Conspiracy theorists are labeled crazy and there’s a stigma towards them in our culture but there are things that aren’t conspiracy theories that are absolutely insane. Never ending war is not a conspiracy theory, pedophilia rings are not a conspiracy theory, media programming is not a conspiracy theory, marketing teams using psychoanalysis to manipulate our unconscious desires is not a conspiracy theory, climate change and the treatment of the environment is not a conspiracy theory.
In the late 60’s LSD and various psychedelics were introduced to the culture. In the 1950s, the CIA believed that LSD might be useful for mind control, so they tested it on people, some without their knowledge, in a program called MKUltra (....yes just like stranger things). LSD had the opposite effect, it was mind expanding. That resulted in new schools of thought being introduced into the culture. This was a generation of kids that had just gone through two World Wars. Through the use of psychedelics, movements began across the world that called for peace, love and expression. There was a new counter-cultural generation of disobedient kids that protested wars and promoted peace. John F Kennedy was the youngest person to be elected as president. The civil rights movements and Women’s rights movements were catching steam. It seemed as though the world was on the brink of great change. It was reflected in the music, movies and various art of the time. Everyone was calling for peace, the movement was undeniable.
Then suddenly, all that momentum was brought to a halt. Kennedy was assassinated live on television during a parade. Martin Luther King and Malcolm X, 2 outspoken leaders in the civil rights movement were assassinated publicly as well. Musician Sam Cooke who was another outspoken civil rights activist was also assassinated. There were multiple other major assassinations throughout the 60’s. Any outspoken charismatic leader was killed publicly. America was at war in Vietnam from 1955 until 1975 much to the dismay of many of the youth in the country. People who were outspoken against the war were all silenced. Muhammad Ali was stripped of his championships and boxing license because he refused to go to war in Vietnam claiming that it was against his religious beliefs and exclaiming the sentiments “ain’t no Vietnamese ever called me nigga”. He echoed the sentiments of many of the young people in the country. People were tired of going to war against people they didn’t know for people they don’t know. It seemed like the rich were getting richer and the poor were being manipulated.
All those assassination were crucifixions. They were to set an example of what happens when you choose to disobey your overlords. The 60’s and 70’s brought great strides in terms of civil rights, specifically in America but also around the world. Segregation in terms of Jim Crowe had ended. Laws were passed that prohibit sex discrimination by government contractors and requires affirmative action plans for hiring women. It seemed like many achievements were accomplished and the world was heading towards a brighter future.
On November 4, 1980 Ronald Reagan was elected president and on December 8, 1980 John Lennon was assassinated in New York. These events might seem like they don’t coincide but they both marked a shift in the direction of the culture. After Edward Bernays, the father of public relations, began using his uncle Sigmund Freud's methods of psychoanalysis in his advertising methods and invented public relations, he did something unprecedented. Edward Bernays made consumerism the main pastime for Americans and the globalist world. The hippy movement in the 60s was anti-consumerism. The hippies were concerned with the private actions of business corporations in pursuit of financial and economic goals at the expense of the public welfare, especially in matters of environmental protection, classism, and ethics in the governing and manipulation of a society. Many of the leaders were assassinated and the movement began to lose steam. But up until the 80s there were still various pop culture figures that were leading the movement. The Beatles were the biggest band in the world and possibly of all time. People would faint at the mere sight of them. The group that proclaimed themselves as “bigger than Jesus” had started off by making pop hits but then transitioned to a more psychedelic style of music which influenced generations of kids to follow in their hippy psychedelic ways. They were instrumental in introducing that school of thought to the masses.
After John Lennon had broken up with the Beatles he started making more political based music. John Lennon was outspoken against world governments and was quoted as saying “we’re run by maniacal people for maniacal means towards maniacal ends”. This was the first time a pop culture figure of his caliber existed, and spoke out against governments. The Beatles were able to exist at the beginning of television and when televisions became household mainstays for everyone. John Lennon was huge, influential and outspoken. John Lennon’s assassination in the 80’s marked the final nail in the coffin for the hippy movement. The anti-consumerist hippies were replaced with material girls living for the material world.
Televisions were in everyone’s home and marketing agencies could program people through subliminal messaging, advertisements and shows in the comfort of their living rooms. Soon after taking office Ronald Reagan implemented sweeping declaration and initiatives. You have to remember that Reagan was the Donald Trump of their time. Reagan was a film actor before he became president, just like Trump was a reality show star. It’s easy to vote for someone once you’re familiar with them because they’re basically with you and your family in your living room every week as you eat your lean cuisine. I’m not gonna go into every bad thing that Reagan was responsible for because I’ll run out of internet, but here’s some: the crack epidemic, millions of aids deaths by neglecting the spread of the disease, the rise of childhood obesity, Iran Contra, helping arm and fund the terrorist group that would later become known as the Taliban, militarizing the war on drugs and disproportionate incarceration of blacks and the prison industrial complex.
The 80s was a facade hidden behind electronic synths, neon leggings and bright headbands. I’m channeling my inner Huey Freeman to let you know that Jesus was black and Ronald Reagan was the Devil. Reagan was creating his own private hell on American soil. The hippy kids had grown up and traded their tie dye shirts and bongs for some nice houses and a couple of cars. The baby boomers that were against consumerism had sold out for gizmos and gadgets. They got married and had kids. The new crop of kids were raised on something completely different. With the rapid developments in technology the world had changed. Before the internet, television had become the only source of information. The news, movies and shows were their only sources of knowledge and information. Cartoons and cereal were a mainstay of our culture. We’re born and raised on this device while our parents work their 9 to 5s. It became the babysitter and parental figure. TV was filled with dads preaching moral wisdom, we were accustomed to learning from hollywood's moral absolutism. From James Avery as Uncle Phil to Bob Saget as Danny Tanner. Television became the guide and moral compass.