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Martin L. King on hippies

January 17, 2013

From King’s Massey lectures (found in his A Testament of Hope:  The Essential Writings and Speeches of Martin Luther King, Jr.):

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. January 20, 2013 6:02 pm

    Interesting. But wasn’t King aware of the Amish and conservative Mennonites, in his day and ours? Surely they are survivors of the kind of 17th and 18th century communities he had in mind.

  2. January 22, 2013 10:05 pm

    That is a very interesting point, Peter. I wonder what King would say in response to that.

  3. Paoul permalink
    August 6, 2017 9:24 pm

    As the Amish and Mennonites are conservative, King wouldn’t see them in the same light as utopians who reject most of societies values and structures. He was thinking more of esoteric sects that existed with radically different values rather than biblical ones. Pagans, health fanatics etc. In Europe there were some and in California – Alistair Crowley had a small commune at Cefalu in Italy but someone died due to the lack of hygiene – the kitchen etc was filthy so someone got sick and didn’t receive treatment. Crowleys new age ideas were eventually later ‘hijacked ‘ by L. Ron Hubbard in California who started his own group and maintained the groups isolation from society by keeping all at sea aboard his ship. This was the start of his Scientology he later called a church. The discipline on board was brutal,so I have read.


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