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The Life and Times of Jerry Rubin

Biographical Podcast
The Life and Times of Jerry Rubin

September 21, 2013

Keith Preston examines the career of a 1960s radical leader and how it symbolizes the history of American society over the past 50 years.

Topics include:

  • Rubin’s role as an early anti-Vietnam War protest organizer, founder of the Yippies, and defendant in the Chicago Conspiracy trial.
  • His immersion in the lifestyle fads of the 1970s and reinvention of himself as a yuppie businessman in the 1980s.
  • His subsequent “yippie vs yuppie” debates with former partner Abbie Hoffman before his death in 1994 at age 56.
  • Rubin’s claim that the radicals of the 1960s had shaped the mainstream culture of the 1970s and 1980s.
  • How Rubin’s life symbolizes the coming to power of the 1960s generation.
  • How the radical Left of the 1960s was able to radically transform American culture while allowing the System to continue unabated politically, economically, and militarily.


File type: MP3
Run time: 1:11:36
Bitrate: 32kb/s

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  1. I notice the left now attacks the small city but in the Hippie era many of them moved into rural areas. The current left is a big city movement.for public services being more centralized. They like New York, Chicago and so forth. They dislike Pittsburgh, or Anaheim. The big city is only great if you don’t have a car but its centralizing the government in the region more.The right is more popular in smaller cities since they don’t make war on them and rural areas. Its true the government built roads make it possible for cars but you can’t destroy something that is already built ,so why does the left complain about the small cities. They could encouraged alternative fuel systems or a more decentralized public transportation for the burbs as the population ages and can not drive as much. Its found out that seniors like a van or car where someone takes them to the doctor.

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