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'''The Sixties''' (the '''1960s''') is widely celebrated by [[Leftist]]s and [[Liberal]]s as a decade of progress and freedom. However, it was in reality a decade that saw the origin or the worsening of some of the gravest ills to afflict modern society. Far from being a decade of peace and love, it was a period of left-inspired violence and terror (prime examples being the [[Vietnam War]] and the [[Cultural Revolution]]); the 'events' of 1968 in universities across the western world saw a minority rabble of [[Trotskyist]] and [[Maoist]] students try to impose their views on society; and the so-called social revolution of the period saw a massive upsurge in [[sexual immorality]] and the abuse of [[illegal drugs]]. Leftist and other 'trendy' educational theories began their assault upon the education of our children. Truly, as [[Margaret Thatcher]] noted, "We are reaping what was sown in the sixties... fashionable theories and permissive clap-trap set the scene for a society in which the old virtues of discipline and restraint were denigrated." Also, the [[Civil Rights Movement]] gained momentum during this period.
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'''The Sixties''' (the '''1960s''') is widely celebrated by [[Leftist]]s and [[Liberal]]s as a decade of progress and freedom. However, it was in reality a decade that saw the origin or the worsening of some of the gravest ills to afflict modern society. It was the period that saw the [[Cultural Revolution]]; the 'events' of 1968 in universities across the western world saw a minority rabble of [[Trotskyist]] and [[Maoist]] students try to impose their views on society; and the so-called social revolution of the period saw a massive upsurge in [[sexual immorality]] and the abuse of [[illegal drugs]]. Leftist and other 'trendy' educational theories began their assault upon the education of our children. Truly, as [[Margaret Thatcher]] noted, "We are reaping what was sown in the sixties... fashionable theories and permissive clap-trap set the scene for a society in which the old virtues of discipline and restraint were denigrated." Also, the [[Civil Rights Movement]] gained momentum during this period.
  
 
==Assault upon religion==  
 
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Revision as of 08:06, 13 June 2008

The Sixties (the 1960s) is widely celebrated by Leftists and Liberals as a decade of progress and freedom. However, it was in reality a decade that saw the origin or the worsening of some of the gravest ills to afflict modern society. It was the period that saw the Cultural Revolution; the 'events' of 1968 in universities across the western world saw a minority rabble of Trotskyist and Maoist students try to impose their views on society; and the so-called social revolution of the period saw a massive upsurge in sexual immorality and the abuse of illegal drugs. Leftist and other 'trendy' educational theories began their assault upon the education of our children. Truly, as Margaret Thatcher noted, "We are reaping what was sown in the sixties... fashionable theories and permissive clap-trap set the scene for a society in which the old virtues of discipline and restraint were denigrated." Also, the Civil Rights Movement gained momentum during this period.

Assault upon religion

This might be said to be two-pronged. The Sixties saw moves away from revealed to religion amongst young people in favour of a half-baked and quarter-understood mish-mash of eastern mysticism, sexual hedonism and drug abuse of the kind peddled by The Beatles in their 'Maharishi' phase; John Lennon of The Beatles went on, in his song Imagine, to celebrate and propagandise a nihilistic and atheistic view of human life. Simultaneously, many Christian priests and ministers themselves undermined Chritianity by a variey of means: from watering down the required standards of Christian behaviour in a misguided attempt to seem 'trendy' and 'relevant', completely overlooking the relevance of Faith; to harnessing the Bible to Karl Marx, in the form of the so-called Liberation Theology which did much to inspire left-wing terrorism in Latin America.

The 'Permissive Society': licence unbridled

Chastity, restraint, and human values of decency were mocked by the 'gurus' of permissiveness. Instead, the increasing availability of artificial contraception in the form of contraceptive pills fuelled a wave of promiscuity and the promotion and practice of all forms of perversity. Restrictions on pornography were eroded or evaded, a seminal event here being the decision of a UK court in 1963 to allow the publication of an unexpurgated version of D.H. Lawrence's novel Lady Chatterley's Lover despite its overt and explicit sexual content. Legal reforms permitted or loosened restrictions on homosexuality, divorce and abortion, undermining the very fabric of family life. Feminists such as Germaine Greerlaunched assaults on traditional male-female relationships, while Lesbian separatists argued that women (which they spelled wimmin or womyn) and men should lead entirely seperate lives.

'Turn on, tune in, drop out'

This quotation, by 'counter-culture' guru Dr Timothy Leary, epitomises the attitude of many 1960s nostalgiacs towards illegal drugs. Drugs have been a perennial problem in societies worldwide, but in the 1960s the problem became much worse. This is because drug-taking, which was previously the covert activity of a tiny minority, perceived as immoral as well as illegal by society, suddenly became portrayed as acceptable in the media. Worse, advocates of 'permissiveness' such as Leary openly recommended the use of mind-altering drugs as a means to access a different, supposedly better, reality. Many, if not most, of these advocates had inadequate personalities which prevented them from participating fully in the richness of real life. However, their pernicious effect upon a generation of impressionable young people has been incalculable.

Drug abuse often went hand in hand with left wing politics, and the loosely-rolled 'joint' or 'reefer' became the trademark of the 1960s student leftist plotting world revolution in his bedsit or student dorm.

Music, literature, and the arts

The Sixties inspired many modern greats in music and literature which endure cross generationally:

Music

Writers

Successes in the Sixties

The Sixties however did have some good points. It saw the end of segregation of the African Americans and the end of colonialism in much of the world, particularly in Africa. The societal problems caused by the erosion of restraint inspired campaigners such as Mary Whitehouse to take a stand for decency and Christian standards.