Tag: The Fourth Turning

Gen X, News

2018: The beginning of the end of the Fourth Turning in America

Regardless of its ideology, that new leadership will assert public authority and demand private sacrifice. Where leaders had once been inclined to alleviate societal pressures, they will now aggravate them to command the nation’s attention. —William Strauss and Neil Howe: The Fourth Turning: What the Cycles of History Tell Us About America’s Next Rendezvous with …

2018 Election, News

2018 will change American culture at its core

If you’re wondering how things will change in 2018, you might think back the mid-1980s. In the 1980s, leftist professors, leftist news media, and leftist entertainers were angry. For years, they’d preached that Ronald Reagan was a neo-Nazi buffoon whose incompetence and malice would destroy America. Maybe even wipe out the human species. “I believe …

Self-governance

People Want You Dead

Have you ever found yourself in the midst of a riot? Even if you’ve only seen riots on television, you can probably imagine how it feels to be inside one. Imagine yourself surrounded on all sides by angry faces dressed in shabby clothes, some faces covered with bandanas or ski masks. People are chanting something …

Economics and Economy

Predicting the Climax

We are watching The Fourth Turning unfold before our eyes. While you should read all of The Fourth Turning by generational historians William Strauss and Neil Howe, here’s one of their predictions for this point in time. The prediction was published in 1997: The economy will in time recover from its early and vertiginous reversals. …

2016 Election, Trump

The Centre Cannot Hold

THE SECOND COMING      –William Butler Yeats Turning and turning in the widening gyre The falcon cannot hear the falconer; Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold; Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world, The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere The ceremony of innocence is drowned; The best lack all conviction, while the …

Living, News

Why Conservatives Should Get Involved—Part 4

In part 1 of this series, we clarified some misconceptions and falsehoods about the Franklin Project. In part 2, we examined the debate on the right from 1990 with William F. Buckley and Milton Friedman. Part 3 was a critique of the Franklin Project’s Plan of Action. Today, we will look at the consequences should …

News

Libertarian Is The New Mainstream

1988 Republican Candidates

You don’t hear the word “mainstream” in political spin like you used to. Back in the late 1980s when Jack Kemp, Pat Robertson, Pete DuPont, Al Haig, and George H. W. Bush were battling to replace Ronald Reagan, “mainstream” was in. Candidates fought for the title of “mainstream Republican,” “mainstream Conservative,” “mainstream everything.” I’m glad …

Tea Party News, Tea Party News

Did You See the Crisis Coming?

Can you guess the year? Scottish scientists cloned a sheep named Dolly President Clinton signed a bill barring federal funds for human cloning Bank robbers in Kevlar suits staged an epic gun battle with Los Angeles police The English Patient wins Best Picture Oscar Tony Blair becomes Prime Minister of England Timothy McVeigh convicted of …

Other News

Why Does Leadership Response to Disaster Always Suck?

I just heard on BBC that the Japanese government is only now dealing with the Fukushami nuclear problem appropriately.  I’m a little surprised they responded this quickly. Obama golfing while Japan burns, Middle East rages, and Oil spikes The White House took weeks to treat the Gulf Oil Spill like a disaster The White House …

Latest, Tea Party News

Don’t Look for Quick Fixes

According to a book by historians Neil Howe and William Strauss, history follows a fairly predictable pattern, rotating in cycles equal to a long human life. The book, The Fourth Turning, was written in 1997. Read it. If Howe and Strauss are right—and so far, they’re dead on—then we recently entered a Fourth Turning in …