From the October, 2005 issue of Touchstone
The Path Less Beaten by Stephen H. Webb

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The Path Less Beaten

Jack Kerouac’s On the Road
by Stephen H. Webb

One of the casualties of the attack on the Vietnam War was the bourgeois ideal of moderation. Before the sixties, entry into the middle class required a disciplining of desire on behalf of family, church, and nation. When political radicals began persuading America’s youth that it took more courage to evade the draft than to serve their country, they substituted the ideal of self-fulfillment—“self-actualization” in the psychologist Abraham Maslow’s more altruistic sounding words . . .

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