The 60s had all of that a more!
I suspect if one had to classify the 60s I would say it was the decade of "radical change".
It spawned the first generation who dared to question the authority of it's government. In fact at one point a popular slogan was: "Don't trust anyone over 30!" The "baby boomers" didn't want to live life the way their parents did. Women's lib, Civil Rights, protest of the Vietnam War, The "Free Love" and Peace Movement, Hippie & drug culture, Bob Dylan, The British Invasion, and Motown provided the musical soundtrack of the times.
Key assassinations of leaders occurred; JFK, MLK, RFK, and Malcom X along with gruesome Manson Family murders in LA.
During the summer of 1969 we landed Apollo 11 on the moon! (Anything seemed possible!)
All in all I would say as a nation we're better off than we were in the 1950s and prior eras. Rarely is their growth or change without pain.
There will always be those who want to romanticize the past or look at it through rose tinted eyeglasses. However they'd be overlooking segregation/Jim Crow, strides made for better career opportunities for women, and the countless inventions we now take for granted.
Who is to say that had the 60s not been so radical that we'd have Mary Barra as CEO of General Motors, Meg Whitman CEO of Hewlett-Packard, Virginia Rometty CEO of IBM, Marillyn Hewson CEO of Lockheed Martin, or African Americans like Ursula M. Burns CEO of Xerox, Kenneth I. Chenault, CEO of American Express, Kenneth C. Frazier CEO of Merck & Co., Inc. and John W. Thompson Chairman of Microsoft, along with countless numbers of women and minorities elected to various offices in government including president Obama. The U.S. is less than 240 years old!
Even at this moment polls have Hilary Clinton (a woman) favored to win her party's nomination to run for president. It wasn't until August 18, 1920, the 19th amendment granted women the right to vote!
Is the glass half full or half empty? Perception is reality.
It all depends on whom you ask!