Decline and fall: how American society unravelled | World news | The Guardian

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 the Roosevelt 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.

via Decline and fall: how American society unravelled | World news | The Guardian.


  1. That is a good post. Reblogged it (as you will see). The rising confusion of fact and opinion is very much tied to the decline of the Roosevelt Republic. Recall that from the 1940’s to the 1980’s, broadcasters had to give equal time to both political parties. This made journalists working for the major networks spend more time talking “on the bridge between.” With the repeal of those rules in the ’80s, we have seen a steady rise in opinion and echo chambers. I think this is a big part of what Patton is pointing out in the Unwinding. It is one of the factors that contributed to what, for all intents and purposes, was a historic fluke.

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