I am thinking a lot at the mo’ about when it All Turned to Shit. Of course, for many (those too idle or careless to have chosen to be born white, middle-class, male, able-bodied etc) the so-called pre-Shit days weren’t so hot. But the social democratic post-war deal went kaput, maybe because the underclass started asserting itself too much. Or the reserve currency thing was unsustainable. 1971? 1973? 1978? Personally, my take is the species just ain’t grown up enough to cope with its opposable thumbs and mega-sized pre-frontal cortices. A shame, but there you have it.
Anyhows, here’s this song by REM
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And here’s a recent article I read, pinning the blame on 1978. I was turning 8 that year.
In or around 1978, America’s character changed. For almost half a century, the United States had been a relatively egalitarian, secure, middle-class democracy, with structures in place that supported the aspirations of ordinary people. You might call it the period of theRoosevelt Republic. Wars, strikes, racial tensions and youth rebellion all roiled national life, but a basic deal among Americans still held, in belief if not always in fact: work hard, follow the rules, educate your children, and you will be rewarded, not just with a decent life and the prospect of a better one for your kids, but with recognition from society, a place at the table…