It seems like the term "Hippie" is painted with a very large brush. My recollections of the sixties had two very different camps of youths (and older types) that had distinct fundamental differences between them. There were the vast majority of kids who, to me and like me, were Longhairs. These were people who wore their hair in any fashion but conservative, wore the conforming non-conformist uniform of bell-bottoms, faded jeans, tye-dyed stuff, beads, drew peace symbols on everything, played the music, spoke the lingo, did some drugs, attended college and were politically active. Hippies, on the other hand, did the communal thing, actually practiced the peace/love (and especially) drop-out lifestyle, didn't become involved with anything of a social nature in main-stream society, and avoided politics completely. Hippies were the ones who rejected most aspects of conventionality in favor of a segregated self-sufficiency. Longhairs may have been a sub-culture existing within normal society, but true Hippies were a different culture altogether that existed outside normal society.