It is a matter of opinion as to if a college student who is a hippie for four to eight years, and then goes off to practice law in a power suit and raise 2.5 kids in a suburb ever really was a hippie.* That said, there are plenty of people in Davis who have been buying earth friendly goods since the late 60s/early 70s when the hippie movement started.

Many Hippies come to Davis for the Whole Earth Festival. Many Hippies are doing a degree in International Agricultural Development.

It might interest you that the term 'Hippie' started out as a slur by Beatniks who were mocking the 'wanna-be hipsters'. Thus, by a certain logic, there can be no such thing as a 'wanna-be hippie', as they are, by label, all 'wanna-bes'.

See also: Hoopies for an analysis of the more Davis-centric form of hippie.


*If said hippies still buy organic produce, recycle and wear hemp on the weekends, they are officially Yippies.

  • I dispute this. I'm a big fan of Abbie Hoffman and friends, even used to be a phreaker, but I fail to see how people who buy organtic, recycle and wear hemp have anything to do with the Youth International Party. Unless you're making some sort of attempt at witty commentary, I believe you have mixed up your groups.jw

    • [Yippies are] (what happens when a yuppie and a hippie merge). — AmyGoogenspa

      • Yippies are a subculture that was very active during the late 60s through the late 80s, comprised the famous Chicago Seven, were known for their active protests via street theater and pranks on the media and established politics, and are still active today. Jerry Rubin and Abbie Hoffman were major political activists, going up against both the CIA and Democratic Party in the courtroom (Yippies are extreme leftists). The term "Yuppie" is a spoof of the term "Yippie", and was created over a decade after the term Yippie was commonly known. Get a copy of Steal_this_Book, start a pirate radio station, issue some press releases and spoof your caller ID. You can find Yippiesque activity in Davis and their sworn opponents recruit on campus. "Yippie" is a very distinct term and has nothing to do with organic produce or recycling and little to do with wearing hemp. — jw