In the 1960’s college campuses erupted with the counter-culture movement. An uprising of the public against the establishment, or “the man”, which has culminated with the election of President Obama. The counter-culture could roughly be described as a rejection of free-markets, individualism, religion, paternalism and white male domination. The new culture would embrace a non-profit economy and collectivism to care for the wants of all. Religion and chauvinism would be replaced with secular tolerance. And American global dominance would yield to being but one voice in an international community. Fast forward and the counter-culture is now in place in whole or part. As such, we should assess its results.
As with most things grand and broad some elements have merit, others indifferent and still others destructive. But on the whole has it lifted society and produced happiness for the people? A partial answer to this question is the new culture has produced a society with $18 trillion of debt and growing and $100 trillion of unfunded liabilities. These consequences are complete financial collapse that will plunge the world into the next dark age.
We have discussed at length the economic ramifications of unrestrained entitlements and a nation unmoored from the Constitution in our book Vigilance: The Price of Liberty. We have also discussed the threats to our freedom that now confronts us. Today’s college generation is the first to experience the wrath of the counter-culture movement. College has become the institution of political indoctrination for politically correct speech and thought – the first generation without the freedom of speech. What needs to be done now is re-create the American identity with another “counter-culture” movement to pull the country back from the precipice of tyranny and subjugation. To restore free-markets and free speech. To applaud meritocracy and restrain government to its constitutional limits. To recognize that prosperity thrives when liberty survives.
We are but one generation away from the point of no return. Today’s college youth must reject some of the destructive elements of the 1960 counter-culture to realize and restore the quintessential elements of America and secure the blessings of Liberty.