How Attitudes Toward Marriage Changed After The 1960s

  • Published on Mar 5, 2019
  • The speaker is Prof. Richard Hamilton who I interviewed in 1989. He is a expert in race, class, and gender-specializing in sociology at Ohio State. He has written 10 books. Between 1966 in 1970, he was a professor at the Madison campus of the University of Wisconsin. That is what he is reflecting on when looking back at the 1960s. #1960sradicals #1960s #politicalleft
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Comments • 19

  • PS
    PS 2 months ago

    David, you interview the very best subjects. There are people who are interesting. And there are also people who talk interesting ideas. You've got a great knack for finding individuals who represent both. This gentleman, as a side note, I feel would be a great conversationalist, the kind of guy people would eavesdrop to listen to at a cafe.

    • David Hoffman
      David Hoffman  2 months ago

      Thank you PS. While I believe and I have definite proof of this, that every person has interesting stories to tell (if you ask the right questions and they are in the right frame of mind) some people are clearly fantastic and I do very often "cast my talent."
      David Hoffman

  • Anthony Gates
    Anthony Gates 2 months ago

    Looks like an old Kurt Cobain

  • White_Man
    White_Man 2 months ago


  • Wayne Sawyer
    Wayne Sawyer 2 months ago

    Thanks Dave for putting your interviews on RU-clip

    • David Hoffman
      David Hoffman  2 months ago

      Thank you as well Wayne.
      David Hoffman - filmmaker

  • Obergruppenführer John Smith

    Great clip as usual. "Millennials" these days get a bad rap from the for their supposedly strange and harmful ways but I think it's often overlooked just how much damage the degeneracy, mass hysteria, and social breakdown of the 60s and 70s did to the fabric of America, and especially the healthy family unit. It's not surprising that all across the board, from wages, to rates of marriage and divorce, and yes, even women's self-reported happiness, life satisfaction is down.
    I think it's also important to know just how much the liberal media played a role in not reflecting and supporting American values, but by trying to indoctrinate its own values and shame those Americans who didn't go along with it.

  • VictrolaJazz
    VictrolaJazz 2 months ago +3

    A more compact way of stating the same principle as expressed below is the first sentence of Thomas Sowell's 1995 book The Vision of the Anointed: "Dangers to a society may be mortal without being immediate".

  • Katherine Kelly
    Katherine Kelly 2 months ago +12

    Would love to see the complete interview. The story of the younger sister sounds like a cliff hanger. Joining a commune is right up there with alien abduction.

    • Steven Moyers
      Steven Moyers 2 months ago


  • VictrolaJazz
    VictrolaJazz 2 months ago +3

    It reminds me of a book whose exact title I can't remember but it had something along the lines of How Societies (Culture maybe?) Perish. It started with the explanation that the cultural/sexual revolution of the late 60's and early 70's caused as great a social upheaval as the French and Russian Revolutions. It was from the perspective that changes are so slow and incremental that there is no great upheaval on any particular day, so people are encouraged to go on doing what they're doing that is counter to what had been the tried and true traditions. Another part of it is as time goes by, people who are subsequently born don't even remember what the older traditions demanded and so just go with the flow as it happens. This was true with both the drug and sexually liberated cultures. In the meantime, a monolith of social service agencies is founded to deal with the larger and larger degrees of human degradation. A friend worked 13 years for UT/SW Medical School in Dallas at first testing gay men for HIV, then later anyone from the general public who thought they were at risk of HIV and would get results in a week--all this was free to whoever came. Positive results were always scheduled for the end of the day because they never knew how the client would react. A negative result was 15 minutes, give him some condoms and send him on his way. He told me about clients who would cry for two hours before they could regain their composure--and this is just one person, imagine that multiplied a million times over. He finally left the system and worked in the auto business for a number of years but is back at UT in San Antonio, but in a different climate. The point is, no one could have anticipated such a thing as AIDS or in the heterosexual population genital herpes which is permanent. We're now at 40% white and 70% black out-of-wedlock birth rates with all the emotional and financial turmoil they imply. The point the book makes is that if on a certain day everything changed overnight back to the older values, so much energy is going in the other direction that it can't be corrected regardless of good intentions. The prof's perspective is from 1989, so he's already well aware of the death and destruction wrought by AIDS. The same applies to the drug epidemic with drug use, both legal and illegal, out of control.

    • VictrolaJazz
      VictrolaJazz 2 months ago

      +Seymour Thompson I'll try to think of what context I read it in, it may have been an essay in a publication, but will let you know if I think of it.

    • VictrolaJazz
      VictrolaJazz 2 months ago

      +Katherine Kelly Thanks! I'll take a look at it!

    • Katherine Kelly
      Katherine Kelly 2 months ago +1

      Guns, Germs and Steel by Jared Diamond may be the book you are thinking of. I found it to be an excellent book and worth a read IMO

  • tom parankewich
    tom parankewich 2 months ago

    Stupid cutting off the interview

  • VividElites - RGH Modding
    VividElites - RGH Modding 2 months ago +1

    I love how in these videos about the 60s you focus on the hippie/counter culture movement and the ideas they perpetuated to change society. I also remember seeing a comment on one of your videos about how people from the older generation no how to speak very affluent with high regard to grammar and vocabulary, which being 17 in the age of social media is very good for me to be exposed too. Thank you for all the hard work!

  • mr ed
    mr ed 2 months ago +7

    What!!!!!!!!!¡! He was cut off right in the middle!!!!!!!! Darn it!

    • VictrolaJazz
      VictrolaJazz 2 months ago +2

      That's what I thought, just as it was getting really interesting.

  • gfunkera1what
    gfunkera1what 2 months ago

    Libido Dominandi