theCryptofishist wrote:And canexplain, if you reverse it from Hippies do X, to We call the people who do X hippies, you might see more of what's going on. Like I said upthread, "hippies" are a threat to personal enjoyment of the burn. Imagine what day-to-day life with a lamprey is like... Okay, who wants to spend all year getting everything just so, and then someone who cannot or will not take care of themselves eat your food, drink your water, and otherwise sucks up all your attention because if you don't keep your eye on him/her s/he will break something.
And that is (one reason) why we hate hippies.
So why co-opt a word that means something different? "Freeloader" is the word you're looking for.
My view (without consulting Wikipedia) is the 1960's Hippie movement was a tangential implementation of communism in which each individual brought the skills jee was good at and that jee enjoyed doing. But the necessary requirement of communism's social contract is that all
individuals share their skills; hoarding (which is a healthy response to scarcity) is poison to that requirement. So the best the 1960's hippies offered was a realization of an abundant world, but they failed to realize that growing up believing in the artificial scarcity of capitalism in an abundant world led them to hoard their skills. Hence, the lazy hippie model that resulted.
So to me, hating hippies is like hating an abundant world of sharing; to say "we call lazy people hippies" is an insulting oversimplification.
(And in perusing the Wikipedia article
, I don't think I'm that far off base, although I think only a tiny number of Hippies in the 1960's could characterize their lifestyle as such a direct political and social ideology.)