The thoughts and hopes of the "hippies" were and are a beautiful thing, however, in todays society WITH capitialism. I think it's hard to really want to pull away from an economy that (agree with me or not) is quite rewarding. You can have your own business and not have to share the income- minus taxes of course.
In todays day and age, who wants to bust your ass working in the fields all day, not reaping much of a reward and having a sore back when you can slouch around at McDonalds for a few hours, supply some half-assed service and get payed relatively well for it. It's unfortunate how things work but I think it's all very true.
I don't know if I believe in the government really trying to exploit the "hippies" by selling the clothes...but I suppose I'll shoot myself in the foot here. If by selling the clothes of something you disagree with (i.e. hippies and their views) to make a quick buck, isn't that exploiting? Ha ha. Well hell, I don't know.
I suppose when all is said and done and there isn't a person or group for you (whoever you are) to take your anger out on. And everyone wants to give each other there long lists of personal rules that they believe will save the world, there is only rule I totally agree with "do unto others as you would have them do to you..." I'm not trying to preach here, and I'm the farthest thing from a religious person, but I think that's the most important rule to live by, the golden rule.