If you factor out all the murder chatter, Manson sounds like any number of far more wealthy, powerful, and respected “progressives.”
Being crazier, he’s also more candid:
Manson simply takes leftist “environmentalism” and “social justice” to their logical conclusion—mass genocide.
(Although not quite: Note that neither Manson nor any of these other “population bomb” types we’ve been listening to since the 1970s ever has enough courage of their convictions to kill themselves, unless you count Jim Jones’s “revolutionary suicide.”)
By the way:
Don’t be fooled by Baby Boomer revisionism — “Oh, Manson was 32 years old, a Silent Generation/ Great Depression dude. He wasn’t one of us; he was more likely to listen to Bing Crosby than The Beatles, ha ha.”
Yeah, no. I quote it briefly in my column but be sure to read “If Christ Came Back As a Con Man” and keep it handy should you ever meet one of these “Manson deniers.”
The counterculture’s leaders saw Manson as one of them, period.