The ten years from the civil rights movement to the new age produced the greatest advance toward equality since the abolition of slavery and also brought defeat of the most massive war machine in human history, all this by peaceful protest! For the people profiled in THE SIXTIES, it was a bewildering spiritual search as police undercover agents agitated in favor of violent protests, while rich communists stonewalled to preserve the status quo. The black heroine overcomes female impotence. An atheist libertine transforms into a religious guru. Funny and miraculous!
WAS GOD DEAD? Did the Love Generation murder morality?
During the sixties some theologians proclaimed God dead. Conservatives allege licentiousness swamped family values, sending the American character into a tailspin from which not even Nixon, Reagan, and Bush were able to raise us. These charges of moral decay have been used to rewrite history, making war protesters into cowards and traitors, civil rights workers into agitators and subversives, and hippies into degenerates and addicts.
In his comic autobiographical novel THE SIXTIES author Alan Gorg portrays that generation of young rebels as the guiding moral force of an era, while the morality of the established order comes off terrifyingly laughable.