I spent this last weekend in what I can only imagine is your natural habitat: a music festival. After observing you fairly intensely over the course of three days, I have a few questions about your lifestyle. Specifically, a number of aspects don't seem to jive with the ideology. For instance:
The clothing: There is almost a hippie uniform. Long flowy skirts, cargo shorts, or corduroy patch shorts, tie dye t-shirts, bajas, and so on. But there is an issue here. Either you pay a lot of money for something handmade, or of natural fabrics, or you pay very little, and it is the result of sweatshop labor. Neither of these options really seems to fit with the hippie ethos of not caring about possessions. Also, the fact that there IS a uniform seems to contradict the whole idea of non-conformity.
The food: organic food. Ok, so it might be better for you, but you know who it isn't better for? Local farmers. Field Maloney wrote a great article in Slate about Whole Foods and the organic food movement. You should read it. Basically it says that organic foods aren't, on balance, better for the environment, as they are mass produced, mostly in foreign countries, and then have to be shipped to their destination. The environmental impact is greater than if you just bought from local farmers who use pesticides. Also, since organic food is more expensive to produce, it is taking market share away from poor, local farmers and giving it to big bad farming conglomerations.
Organic food: mmm, from Chile.
I have a lot of other questions, like why you would use organic soap, because organic just means origin, not how it impacts the environment (so if you use it, it could still be polluting just as much). And why all of the vendors used paper products to serve their food, and plastic bags to hold their merchandise. Wouldn't these seem to be obvious issues?
Last, but not least, the festival itself: it costs between $130-150 to attend and camp for three days. It requires specialized camping equipment which is not cheap... unless you go to Walmart, which as we know is pretty much the antithesis of the hippie lifestyle (NB lots of people had Walmart brand tents). It requires that you have disposable income, and free time. So it seems that to be able to be a hippie that attends festivals, you have to be fairly affluent, or be supported by someone who is.
This is not to say that I dislike hippies or their ideology, I am just confused by the seeming inherent contradictions. Please advise me on how you engage with these issues.