Is 2017 Really “The Summer of Hate”?
It appears that the “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville last week was part of a larger project called “The Summer of Hate”. The rightists seem pretty cognisant of the this being the 50th anniversary of the “Summer of Love” (1967), and so even this year has symbolic value as a target — the destruction of all the values that defined the counter-culture and The Summer of Love, ironically by trying to emulate it.
Is there any further evidence of the “Shadow” at work than this choice of theme — “The Summer of Hate”? That broader “statement” about the fellowship of hate, or the solidarity of the haters and the righteousness of hate, hasn’t received as much attention as the “Unite the Right” event itself, an event that makes the term “Right” now virtually synonymous with “Hate”, and a belief that hate is more powerful than love or compassion.
As the Wikipedia entry on the Summer of Love notes, the Haight-Ashbury hippie newspaper, The San Francisco Oracle, announced the event:
A new concept of celebrations beneath the human underground must emerge, become conscious, and be shared, so a revolution can be formed with a renaissance of compassion, awareness, and love, and the revelation of unity for all mankind.
Those are all the counter-culture values that the “Summer of Hate” holds in contempt and which it aspires to extinguish by attacking them altogether under the guise of being only “political correctness” or “Cultural Marxism”, which is a ruse and a ploy. Hate, however, is a rotten foundation upon which to try and erect a society or anything like a “civilisation”.
Paul Mason, writing in today’s Guardian, states that “the far right has declared culture war…“. He seems rather forgetful about the fact that a cultural revolution already occurred in the sixties against “the Organisation Man” or “The Man in The Gray Flannel Suit“. “Culture war”, as such, has been going on a long time.
Summer of Love or Summer of Hate? Pretty clear where the fault-lines lie here and which values are at stake and in play. Despite all the smoke and fog being spread around all this, at root it’s really quite simple.