Was Charles Manson a Product of 60s Counter Culture
A recent post published by the New York Times discussed, in detail, the connection between Charles Manson and the 1960s counter culture. The article actually attempted to distance the notorious individual and his actions from the the counter culture and align him closely with ideologies developed by the “far right.” Because Manson was obviously influenced greatly by the free love, alternative lifestyle ideologies that were made popular by the hippies in 1960s, the fact that the Times (which is known for its close ties with liberal political parties and leftist policies) has made this assertion is laughable. To this end, this article will list the clear ways in which Manson was affected and influenced by the counter cultural lifestyle.
Inspired by the communal living arrangements popularized by 60s counter culture and the hippie movement, Charles Manson became the leader of a communal cult that housed 10 or more individuals. The 60s counter culture was a period where individuals sought to find new ways of living in families and promoted the effective ending of “patriarchal” nuclear family systems. As an alternative to the nuclear family, individuals who were influenced by the counter cultural movement (especially hippies) began to practice living in communes. Instead of living in traditional families, hippies would often live in large groups of similarly minded people with one or two men at the head of the family group. These groups were often susceptible to the thought processes and potential brain washing of the group’s leader, as was the case in the commune of Charles Manson. The fact that Manson led a commune which promoted lascivious lifestyle and unsafe sexual practices is effective proof of the leader’s influence by the counter cultural movement.
Manson also rejected traditional religion in favor of his own brand of worship
The fact that Manson promoted alternative means of worship to directly act against the cultural Judaeo-Christian boundaries that were in place in mainstream society also suggest his influence by the counter culture.