April 07, 2009
Bringing back the 1930s?
God, I hate the news these days. (This post may touch on why....)
While I haven't obsessed about it in this blog as much as I perhaps should, it has frequently occurred to me that the group of cultural attitudes popularly known (and yelled about) as "traditional values" are little more than 1930s values. Dominated by the Great Depression, the 1930s was a bleak, morally vengeful time, when things were seen as very black and white. Which they were. Times were tough, and enemies (Stalin, Hitler, etc.) were demonic. Little wonder that the period was known for censorship, drug war hysteria, and hard-core authoritarianism. "Progress" meant "change." A new, schmaltzy and moralistic authoritarianism replaced the freewheelingly chaotic, laissez faire 1920s, and this is reflected culturally in films and music of the period.
I admit my bias. I am no fan of the 1930s, and I think the term "low dishonest decade" pretty well sums it up.
Why anyone would want to return to the quasi-medieval 1930s mindset escapes me completely.
However, Thomas Sowell thinks that Barack Obama wants to do just that:
Barack Obama seems determined to repeat every disastrous mistake of the 1930s, at home and abroad. He has already repeated Herbert Hoover's policy of raising taxes on high income earners, FDR's policy of trying to micro-manage the economy and Neville Chamberlain's policy of seeking dialogues with hostile nations while downplaying the dangers they represent.Ugh.
Unfortunately, many of these disastrous mistakes were popular at the time.
(Of course, no one would intentionally vote for a low dishonest decade....)
MORE: "Obama Approval Hits New High - 66%."
(Via Joe Gandelman.)
So far, triangulating the 1930s seems to be working.
posted by Eric on 04.07.09 at 10:07 AM
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