Justice Antonin Scalia has revealed himself as a square, that arch-nemesis of the hippie.
In his dissent to today's 5-4 decision overturning state bans on gay marriage, Scalia included what is probably the most prominent Supreme Court mention of "hippies" ever.
He first quoted the majority opinion, which said that "'the nature of marriage is that, through its enduring bond, two persons together can find other freedoms, such as expression, intimacy, and spirituality." Then, he added, "Really? Who ever thought that intimacy and spirituality [whatever that means] were freedoms? And if intimacy is, one would think Freedom of Intimacy is abridged rather than expanded by marriage."
"Ask," he added, "the nearest hippie."
Per Scalia’s instructions, Huffington Post went to look for the first hippie they could find. HuffPost discovered a 61-year-old man from Alexandria protesting nuclear weapons outside the White House. While qualifying that hippies haven’t really been around since the Grateful Dead stopped touring, the man offered his own opinion: “Scalia is a big knucklehead.”
If you want to consult a hippie yourself, where in the U.S. should you find one? Washington, D.C. is generally not known as a great place to find hippies, being much more suited to the stuffy, nerdy and square.
These 2014 maps, from real estate search site Estately, might offer a clue. The company created an index that looked at four variables: The number of communes and intentional communities per capita in each state, the number of food co-opers per capita in each state, the number of local Etsy stores per capita selling hemp, patchouli and tie-dye products; and the percentage of Facebook users who express interest in the Grateful Dead, Phish, cannabis, tie-dye, peace, LSD, Bob Dylan or hippies. (Estately also looked at the cities with the most hippies.)
Here is a map of how the states compared by those rankings:
Here is a more detailed ranking.
You can see that Vermont ranks first, in part due to its strong showing of communes and co-ops. Next is Maine, followed by New Hampshire, Oregon, Colorado, Montana and New Mexico. The District comes in 36th on this last. Perhaps surprisingly, California ranks 32nd on this list, probably due to its big population -- there are a lot of hippies in California, but a lot of squares as well.
Estately also created a map of the 10 squarest states by this ranking. Mississippi is at the top. Louisiana, Texas, New Jersey, Georgia, Alabama, Nevada and South Carolina are pretty square as well.