Society’s Dropouts: 48 Eye-Opening Photos Of America’s 1970s Hippie Communes

Mystic Arts hippie commune

This iconic photograph shows The Bray Family reading bedtime stories at the Mystic Arts commune reading bedtime stories in Sunny Valley, Oregon, in 1969. Photography by John Olson Source: View Liner ltd

Throughout the late 1960s and ’70s, a deep-seated social discontent developed among young people in the United States. These were men who’d been forced to fight a war they didn’t believe in only to return home to a country that didn’t want them. The country was filled with college graduates lacking any job prospects, young women who refused to lead their mothers’ lives, and the myth of an “equal” society that couldn’t seem to shake it’s nasty history of segregation and inequality.

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Handmade Goods: Where Art Meets Practicality

What do you do when your MFA doesn’t catapult you into the height of the literary scene? If you’re Joel Bukiewicz of Cut Brooklyn, you go into the handmade knife business. At first glance it sounds a bit odd, but the process of physically creating something by yourself and for someone else is a lot like writing. But unlike experimental poetry, a majority of people find knives useful.

The Lives Of Living Statues

We’ve all seen them at one point or another – in a park, at a festival, or practically any place where tourists gather in large numbers. Some of us walk right past them as if they were actual statues while others might stop and stare a while. Eventually, we all end up thinking the same thing – “I could do that!” After all, this has to be the cushiest job in the world. You make money by literally just standing there. What could be easier, right?

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Does The World Have A Drinking Problem?

World Alcohol Consumption Map

Do any of the darkly-shaded countries here surprise you? According to a 2011 World Health Organization report, Russians (see the big ink stain on the right) consume 15.76 liters of alcohol on their own each year, making Russia one of the highest alcohol consumers in the world. And these are just official figures–Russia has taken measures to tax and ban alcohol consumption to curb alcoholism, however it’s likely that this will only encourage the development of illegal alcohol production and sales in the future.

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