Summary of “The Hippies Who Hated the Summer of Love”

The world the Diggers wanted was free – free of money, and of all the ways needing and getting money limit one’s personal mobility and spontaneity.
Journalist Naomi Wolf remembered being brought there as a child by her mother: “There was an awe-inspiring compassion in the air as prostitutes stood alongside school kids; black, white, and Native Americans; gays, bisexuals, transvestites, and professors, all waiting for their food and quietly chatting under the swaying eucalyptus trees.” While the women served the food, the Digger men added a theatrical flair to the proceedings: To pick up a meal, you first had to walk through an oversized yellow wooden rectangle: the Free Frame of Reference.
At the Diggers’ Free Store – the motto was “It’s free because it’s yours” – people were encouraged to leave unwanted articles for others to take home.
In February, noticing a new crop of homeless runaways sleeping in the park, a Digger named Tobacco rented an apartment at 1775 Haight Street to house them.
“The Diggers need food to feed people. The Diggers need clothes to give people. This is the Diggers’ thing: no money; everything free. The Diggers are practicing the Cardinal Virtues because that’s the right thing to do.”
In early April, the Diggers announced a collaboration with other Haight cultural leaders to strategize for the coming onslaught.
After months of dishing out free food, free housing, and free love, the Diggers were overwhelmed and exhausted.
For the Haight’s pioneering influencers, the Summer of Love was once again “The end of something and the beginning of something else.” The Diggers decided to reformulate themselves – not as an urban collective, but as a loosely affiliated group living in rural communes and caravans up and down the California coast.

The orginal article.