The New Left's Economic Hypocrisy
Now, hippies are supposed to be the ones among us who have no need for riches or material things because they are completely in touch with their spiritual side and therefore have transcended all earthly wants. Yet, in this town of Chapel Hill there are three organic grocery stores, and if you have never shopped at an organic grocery store, let me tell you that it is highly expensive when compared to your average grocery store. Don't get me wrong, organic groceries taste wonderful and do provide more nutrients than many of the foods that one can get at a regular grocery store, however; this good taste and clean living comes at a price, a high price. And beyond feeding your family, try buying a home to house them. The housing prices in Chapel Hill are comparable to the prices in Washington DC, except in Washington you get a much better pool of jobs and the nightlife is leaps and bounds better. Just take a look at this website and tell me if you think it is cost effective to live in Chapel Hill. http://www.newhomesource.com/search/home_results.aspx?refer=DMD181&fp=hr&pgn=3&seed=60&reqcnt=47&st=NC&mid=181&cty=Chapel+Hill&srchtype=qs
On this website, I did a search for homes that were priced between $150,000 and $300,000 with no results. Don't get me wrong, I am sure that there are some homes within this price range there, but they would hardly be considered large enough for a family, even a family with one child.
So what is the point I am trying to make with this? The point is this, much like in California, the hippies in Chapel Hill live a much different lifestyle than they wish to advertise with their unkempt hair and tattered, mis-matched clothing. They walk around in their hemp sandles and their tribal looking clothes as though they just stepped out of a Charleton Heston movie preaching how they are morally superior because they have, as I say, transcended all earthly wants, yet they live in one of the most expensive places to live in the country. How is it that a group of people who claim to have no love for Capitalism and money can afford the area in which they live? Simple: They have gone out and made their wealth. Not that I am against making wealth, quite the contrary. But I do find it rather hypocritcal to say that Capitalism is the root to the world's problems when you live in a home that averages no less than $300,000. Wouldn't you be more comfortabel--or at least more intellectually honest--to live in a commune or share a home with multiple like-minded families? No, you like your nice homes and fancy foods and privacy.
And, just to wrap this up. I went to a festival of sorts in a town that is practically inside Chapel Hill--this is where I saw the hippy-hypocrisy on display. And the place where I and my companion on this little trip parked was full of cars with "Kerry/Edwards '08" bumperstickers and other anti-Bush advertisements. Well, you know the average price for the cars that were in this parking lot? Let me just say, I saw Saabs, BMW's, and yes, some SUV's.