A gabled political theory follows. →
[More:] Over the past few years, there's been a lot of talk about the Red State/Blue State, retro/metro dichotomy in America when it comes to culture and politics. Now, I was just lounging on the porch reading and listening to music and a theory occured to me.
Stuff like geography and class are definitely factors, but something else is at work: Baby-Boom supremacy. Two prominent young social critics, Dalton Conley
and Jedidiah Purdy
are different in certain ways but very similar in others. Conley grew up as the only white kid in a housing project on the Lower east Side of New York and Purdy grew up in a bucolic commune in West Virginia. Both, however, were the descendants of idealistic hippie parents who came from well off families during the baby boom. Conley's just were broke whereas Purdy's weren't and managed to find an Edenic setting to raise their kids in. But both seeme to take the idealistic visions of the hippie/left/whatever movement as good and true as a given. I've seen the same thing among those raised by hippie/new left parents among my own friends and acquaintances.
Now, during those years, my own parents were urban and small town Catholics of immigrant descent, who were raised with all the work ethic/pro-America/pro-military biases of such people and despite my own leftist leanings, I'm inclined towards some cynicism towards utopianism and some what you'd call 'redneck' leanings culturally. The sex,drugs and rock-and-roll aspects of the sixties showed through with my uncles younger than my Dad and mom, in that the hung out at the Fillmore East and I assume had their fun, but the politics probably only extended to keeping themselves out of Vietnam if possible.
My ultimate point that where the baby boom members of your family stood may have a lot to do with where you stand culturally and politically now, or at the very least where your sympathies lie or where sentimental tugs come in.
This is garbled an icomplete, I realize, but I think there might be something to it.