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Should the "real life" information I've included here be put in a Useful Notes article? This would distinguish the real thing from the caricature that the "new age retro hippie" is meant to be.
Should this go under Self-Demonstrating?
Example: In the Brin novel The Postman, the narrator acquires the eponymous uniform from the corpse of a "neo-hippie" who had himself taken up the duty of delivering the mail. There is some reflection on the apparent contradiction of an anti-establishment type putting on a uniform and volunteering to serve The Man, but on the other hand, that a lot of hippies are very civic-minded volunteerists.
(I first read it as a 3-part serial in Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine, a long time ago; my memory is a bit spotty. I hope another Troper will take this up for a proper entry.)
This is actually a very savvy use of a little-remembered fact. Many hippies worked for the U.S. Post Office! We think of hippies as disdaining "real jobs", but that's the trope, not reality. Lots of hippies were more than willing to work, but many employers wouldn't hire anyone with even slightly long hair, beards, certain types of jewelry, etc. The USPS had more latitude.
You can see this in the early years of Doonesbury where Zonker worked as a mail carrier.
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How well does it match the trope?