>They were tired of submitting to institutions like the state, family, religion, the ruling ideology ect. because the vauge promises of a better future never materialized.
The ironic part was that in a lot of ways they did materialize. I sympathize a lot with the older generation, before boomers. Obviously their staunch conservatism (particularly in the US) was bad, but at the same time I can understand them being baffled by their kids rebellion. They grew up in times of serious hardship, and out of that came the most prosperous generation in human history. That generation proceeded to apparently reject everything that they had been given to it because it wasn't good enough. For a generation that grew up in the depression and the war, its easy to see how that could be frustrating. This isn't of course to say that the 60s counterculture wasn't making valid critiques, at least when it came to some things in the US like race and Vietnam. However lets be honest, the civil rights movement was driven by blacks who didn't want to be second class citizens. The anti-war movement was driven by a combination of disgruntled drafted proles and middle class kids who didn't want to be drafted, plus their families. The bulk of the counter cultural movement, barring those two groups, played very little role in actually accomplishing anything. The power of their class positions overtook most of these middle class faux rebels and they ended up as neolibs twenty years later. The people who frustrated and confused their parents with their seemingly pointless and needless rebellion actually accomplished nothing, and realized that they had no reason to rebel.