R. U. Sirius

"The primary characteristics of counterculture are threefold:
* Countercultures assign primacy to individuality at the expense of social conventions and governmental constraints.
* Countercultures challenge authoritarianism in both obvious and subtle forms.
* Countercultures embrace individual and social change
"...nearly universal features of counterculture are: Breakthroughs and radical innovations in art, science, spirituality, philosophy, and living. Diversity. Authentic, open communication and profound interpersonal contact. Also, generosity and the democratic sharing of tools. Persecution by mainstream culture of contemporaneous subcultures. Sometimes exile or dropping out... Finally, the antic behaviors and easy sensuality found in countercultures across time is, in some ways, the special ingredient that makes countercultures attractive."


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