Characterization of 1960s student unrest
The Characterization of 1960s student unrest by several leading scholars is that of a religious movement. This period of social turmoil has been compared to the Protestant Reformation, "the search for the sacred," and the fourth Great Awakening. Religious movements can increase or decrease the overall level of evil in the world. This period is noted for LSD, pot-smoking, hero-worshipping Che Guevara, communes, promiscuity, and various humanistic psychologies. According to the Columbia University professor Douglas Sloan, two somewhat left-leaning scholars Theodore Roszak in his 1969 The Making of a Counter Culture and Jacob Needleman in his 1970 The New Religions attempted to find the silver lining in this storm of unrest. Despite their liberal tendencies, according to Sloan, they both rejected its drug culture as a metaphorical death sentence and insisted on clear reason, even while they called for a rejection of much of science in popular thinking.