The following are characteristics of the movement:
- Spiritual liberation, sexual "revolution" i.e., gay liberation
- Liberation from censorship.
- Decriminalization of some laws against marijuana and other drugs.
- The evolution of rhythm and blues into rock and roll as a high art form
- The spread of ecological consciousness
- Opposition to the military-industrial machine civilization
- Appreciation of actions against law enforcers.
- Respect for land and indigenous peoples/creatures