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January 1971

The Whole World is Watching: A Young Man Looks at Youth's Dissent.

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Arch Intern Med. 1971;127(1):158-159. doi:10.1001/archinte.1971.00310130162031

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"The whole world is watching," the chant of young people at the 1968 Democratic Convention in Chicago, reflects the vision of thoughtful youth who look upon the world as a global village, where the onus is not with them so much as it is on adult society for the fixes we are in. Gerzon describes the worldwide movement and the impatience of adults everywhere with their own young, regarding them generally as touched by subversive influences from "abroad." The bogeyman usually is a foreigner, out of sight under the bed.

The author's generation will not accept adult society as it is constituted, for which (if we are thoughtful) we must be grateful. For them nationalism is dead along with hypocritical religions, absurd sexual mores, and business practices that insult the intelligence as there is peddled "the antidote as it distills the poison." It is devoutly to be wished that youth

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