What was needed to stop the 60s liberal revolution in its tracks and restore 50s conservatism, basically confine liberlism to legal equality for blacks that is basically it, without the sexual revolution? For all the arguments that cultural liberalization was inevitable, and is a byproduct of the media, China did manage to bring liberalism to a crashing halt in 1989, and the Arab world did become liberal and secular in the 60s and 70s before become Islamicized again, and Indonesia has actually become more culturally Islamized since the end of Suharto. Would it require the conservatives in the 50s to be more extreme, like forcibly break up hippy commune by force and to double down on decency laws, and arrest or jail leading liberal personalities, sort of a milder version of Franco's Spain? It seems that from the results of the election of 1968 and 1972, the cultural liberals were basically confine to the coastal cities, there would have been support from the moderates and more conservative majority if the conseratives decide to crack down harder on the liberals and the conervatives to wage a late 19th century style kulturkamp to bring society back to its 50s social conservatisn, and any bloodshed would have been very minimal, and does not have to require machine gunning hippie and gay rights protesters, just widespread indefinite arrests of their leaders, sort of like like the Social Democrats and the Conservatives did in Germany in the 20s to preventing Germany from going fully to the left. I am not really supporting these measures. This is just an interesting alternate history discussion, about whether the 60s sexual revolution by the baby boomers could have been halted if the greatest generation and the depression generation had been willing to take a harder line or more extreme measures to shore up early 50s social and sexual mores. And as for the Supreme Court, the courts to not have any way to enforce their rulings, so the government could just decide to ignore them know the interest of maintaining public morality.
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