One of these writers, Carl Rogers , wrote about the increasing disbelief in the democratic process in the early 1970s. He also stated unequivocably 'that a revolution was coming', not 'a gun carrying army with banners, not in manifestos or declarations, but through the emergence of a new kind of person, thrusting up through the dying, yellowing, putrefying leaves and stalks of our fading institutions.'
This new kind of person, Rogers wrote, would have the following traits:
** deep concern for authenticity against the climate of half-truth, exaggeration, scandal, sensation and double talk, or talk without meaning at all;
** an opposition to all highly structured, inflexible and impersonal institutions;
** fundamental indifference to material comforts and rewards, although accustomed to affluence ;
** deep desire for close personal associations, not confined to the old 'familiar areas', with all others excluded;
** a rejection of national and racial discrimination;
** deep distrust of science and established truth with is so much in the 'head' that in fact it suppresses truth;
** strong desire for self-knowledge including dreams, mediation, mysteries and psychic phenomena, and for feeling and understanding rather than 'knowledge' which seems to have no real social value;
** a feeling of closeness to nature, an identification with it, and a desire to act in no way against it;
** an awareness of living in an ever-changing process in which he or she is vitally alive and willing to risk;
** a trust in one's own experience as a validation of life.
Unfortunately governments and political parties have continued to enforced authoritarian and capitalist hegemonies around the world. They "themselves need transformation almost as much as most of the people who elect them, or comprise them. That hegemony is central in control, bureaucratic in form, relying upon leadership, and embarassed at the very idea of liberation" wrote the ousted left-wing radical of the Australian Whitlam Labor Government, Jim Cairns. 
Rogers and Cairns were writing words as a silent plea for the world to find the individual and group strength to counter the zero sum game of imperialism, corporatism, and the coups and wars that go with it. Their predicament was dire and so eloquently put in a song by Simon and Garfunkel:
People talking without speaking
People hearing without listening
People writing songs that voices never share
disturb the sound of silence
Fools said I
you do not know
Silence like a cancer grows
Hear my words that I might teach you ...
Take my arms that I might reach you
But my words like silent raindrops fell...
Decades earlier George Orwell appeared to mirror this message when he wrote despairingly that "Traditions are not killed by facts."
 'The Man and His Ideas', Richard I Evans (ed), EP Dutton and Co Inc New York, 1975. As quoted by Jim Cairns (former Australian Deputy Prime Minister in the early 1970s) in 1976 book entitled 'Oil in Troubled Waters'.
 "An important question here is whether affluence is needed to produce the new, emerging person." wrote Jim Cairns
 Jim Cairns.1976. 'Oil in Troubled Waters'. Page 151.
 Lyrics in the song: 'The Sounds of Silence'. Sung by Simon and Garfunkel