Anybody read The Conquest of Cool by Thomas Frank, editor of The Baffler?
As I read it, he makes the case that the sixties were an odd coincidence of genuine political turmoil and a simultaneous power play amongst the young executive class in the advertising, music, and fashion industries. Frank traces the history of business literature to show that a lot of the consumer-side of hippy culture was predated by a rebellion in management philosophy against the 'organization man' of the fifties.
I buy it hook, line and sinker. I think that's what makes the sixties so complicated to understand--characters with quite different motivations are saying very similar sounding things. Young executives were frustrated by the monolithic hierarchy that sat on top of them in corporate culture, and even younger teenagers were similarly frustrated by the stolid 'lifestyle' (that word's a real product of the sixties, right there) foisted on them by their parents. So these two groups joined in an end run around one particular constellation of capitalist culture.
By taking this point of view, I think you can gain a real insight into the fact that the sixties gave birth to a successful revolution--a revolution in marketing and corporate ideology.
You can also then start to pick apart the sixties and see how the real concerns of blacks, latino migrant workers, 'third world' countries emerging from colonization, and other countries being sucked into further colonial wars (ahem...Vietnam, to name just a few, have been rhetorically swept under the rug by an iconography of the sixties dominated by the rise of rock n' roll, volkswagen beetles, and bell-bottoms.
I have mixed feelings about the actual Port Huron statement. Although the SDS was a real force on campus and even beyond, it foundered rather easily on factionalism (the perpetual monkey on the left's back) and never achieved the coherence of the German-French student movement. (Although in both cases, the Communist Party can fairly be blamed for the eventual collapse of the movements.)
In Europe, there was a very strong tie between not only students and workers, but also between students and immigrants. The Green party in America will accomplish nothing without attention to these groups.
"As I would not be a slave, so would I not be a master. This expresses my idea of democracy. Whatever differs from this, to the extent of the difference, is no democracy." Abraham Lincoln