Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Counterculture on the rise?

Following Obama's reelection, it finally sank in that my political views were in the minority. Surprisingly, rather than feeling defeated, I felt liberated. I no longer felt I had to defend the power structure, upon which reasonable people were successfully identifying areas where it was becoming intrusive on individual freedoms, and straying from model conservatism. While this liberation has not fully manifested itself in an "out and in your face" way, I feel much less uncomfortable expressing my views because I am only representing myself. I do not have to defend anyone or anything that may betray me, and undermine my own meticulously guarded credibility. There is no earthly personification of the philosophy now, there is only idealism of the ideology, and that is unassailable. It cannot be killed or destroyed or tainted. It is an idea, and ideas are immortal. Rebellion lives on ideas, and ideals.

The Obama administration is overbearing and intrusive. If the counterculture is true to its origin, the scene is primed for a great revolution. 
With the re-election of Barack Obama, conservatism has become the new counterculture—particularly among young adults. Think about it. Throughout history, youth have always been distrusting of any kind of authority. It’s just their nature. In the 1960s, we had the hippies and the New Left rejecting the system and “sticking it to the man.” In the 1970s, young voters led the demand for the impeachment of Tricky Dick over Watergate. . . . [T]he “counterculture,” . . . is defined by Merriam-Webster as “a culture with values and mores that run counter to those of established society.” That’s where conservatism comes in, without all the defecating in public and Guy Fawkes masks, of course.
Young conservatives and libertarians are much more radical in their opposition to “the establishment” than their liberal counterparts. It’s not a flashy, in-your-face opposition—but rather a stealthy steadfastness in the rejection of their peers’ complete faith in government. In this second term of Obama, the preservation of individual freedom has become a “radical” cause for the new counterculture.

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