By controlling the universities and the media, the Counterculture was able to flourish. They read only each other's writing, attended only each other's classes, and watched only each other's movies. They quickly lost any connection to the American culture they had rebelled against in the first place. From the safety of the their coastal strongholds they reassured each other of the rightness and brilliance of their thinking. Their ideas became more and more inbred as they practiced the apartheid of elite liberalism. As far as conservatives were concerned, it was separate but definitely not equal.
The Ruling Class/Counterculture presents a perfect illustration of political ethnocentrism. Ethnocentrism is defined as "[t]he belief in the inherent superiority of one's own ethnic group or culture. A tendency to view alien groups or cultures from the perspective of one's own."
Whatever Happened to the Counterculture?