‘Free’ fol­lies

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“Do you re­mem­ber the term ‘free love,’ bandied about so fre­quently in the 1960s and into the free­wheel­ing ‘70s? It seemed to spring out of the ‘flower chil­dren’ phe­nom­e­non [. . .] dur­ing the decade-long pe­riod when open stu­dent dis­sent against the Viet­nam War spawned fla­grant drug use, re­jec­tion of all author­ity, the break­ing of all ta­boos and the in­tox­i­cat­ing no­tion that peo­ple should just be com­pletely ‘free’ to do what­ever they wanted to do.

“Ti­mothy Leary joy­ously ad­vo­cated, ‘Tune in; turn on; drop out.’

“The Chicago Seven’s Jerry Ru­bin shouted, ‘If it feels good — do it.’ [. . .]

“But morn­ing came even­tu­ally. And the in­evitable hang­over re­vealed per­ma­nently ru­ined lives, ad­dled minds, a smor­gas­bord of sex­ual dis­eases, ner­vous break­downs, over­dose deaths — and set the stage for the still-real AIDS epi­demic in this coun­try.

“ ‘ Free love’ wasn’t free, af­ter all. The tab came due, and the bills are still be­ing paid. The over­throw of re­spon­si­bil­ity was, and is, ter­ri­bly, trag­i­cally costly.”

Pat Boone, writ­ing on “No such thing as ‘free’ speech,” Dec. 9 in World­Net­Daily at www.world­net­daily.com

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