studmissile 'Murica and conspiracy theories seem to be hand in glove.
There's thimble-full of sense in the comments, but mostly speculation. What I understand from it, the hippie movement was either started or infiltrated by 'government agencies' as an effort to control (or guide) the anti-war movement (VIetnam) in the 60's/70's.
One of the tenuous links to Laurel Canyon...? Apparently many of the musicians had high ranking family members in the US Dept of Defense.
Yeah...well. It's a sttttrrreeetttch. Ideal fodder for a rolling stone article - though it'd have to be posthumously penned by Hunter S. Hisself