I was there. What can I say that hasn’t already been said? It was a peak experience of my life. We knew the whole world was watching. The freeway off-ramp getting to it was backed up for miles. There were no cops anywhere. 500,000 people took care of themselves, listened to amazing music peacefully for three days, and there was no violence. Something to think about.
There’s sort of a belief now that the 60’s were all hippy-dippy and goofy. Not so. The 60’s were extremely violent. Cities burned. Multiple assassinations. Serious civil rights and antiwar protests. It also was the birth of feminism and environmentalism as major movements that eventually went mainstream.
Besides, what’s so funny about peace, love, and understanding?
” …in the nineteen-sixties, apartheid was driven out of America. Legal segregation – Jim Crow – ended. We didn’t end racism, but we ended legal segregation. We ended the idea that you can send a million soldiers ten thousand miles away to fight in a war that people do not support. [well, sort of, now they outsource war as much as possible] We ended the idea that women are second-class citizens. Now, it doesn’t matter who sits in the Oval Office. But the big battles that were won in that period of civil war and strife you cannot reverse. We were young, we were reckless, arrogant, silly, headstrong – and we were right. I regret nothing.”
— Abbie Hoffman Vanderbilt University, April 1989