About forty years ago - 1970 - a book hit the best-seller list. It was called the "Greening of America" by Charles Reich, a professor at Yale. It was a book about how we see ourselves. He argued that 19th century farmers and small businesspeople were replaced by large corporate institutions in the mid-20th century. He described a backlash to institutional impersonalism, the counterculture of the 1960s and 70s, as a force to be reckoned with.
He said that the values of the 60s came out of suburbia - a resurgence of individualism in order to open up people's tolerance and acceptance of things that are different.
Read this CBC report on Reich today.
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