chapter  7
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Tree of Life

Coming out of the last century, it seems likely that some thoughtful activists will feel a need to reach for a moral balance gained from blended traditions — secular and spiritual, and profoundly radical. Valuable insights may also be gleaned from thoughtful conservatives, contrasting sharply from the blandly conformist conservatism that enveloped American culture and politics in the 1950s, and which some — with tactics that are anything but bland — would like to reimpose today. Even in that conservative decade, however, there were, beneath the surface, strong and vital counter currents (perceived and celebrated by a few maverick thinkers) that contributed to powerful, if sometimes problematical, eruptions of dissent and resistance in the 1960s.