Quotation by Germaine Greer

The hippie is the scion of surplus value. The dropout can only claim sanctity in a society which offers something to be dropped out of—career, ambition, conspicuous consumption. The effects of hippie sanctimony can only be felt in the context of others who plunder his lifestyle for what they find good or profitable, a process known as rip-off by the hippie, who will not see how savagely he has pillaged intricate and demanding civilizations for his own parodic lifestyle.
Germaine Greer (b. 1939), Australian feminist writer. repr. In The Madwoman's Underclothes (1986). "Hippies in Asia," Sunday Times (London, August 27, 1972).
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