From what I’ve seen, people right after WW2 wanted the blanket. It’s all there in just about everything and talking to my parents sometimeis like talking to aliens. Strangely enough they even wanted the Cold War as long as it didn’t get serious or come home. After all the Cold War was a massive jobs program for nerds. The idea of a security blanket for society was pretty strong after the long struggling of the Great Depression and the horror fest that WW2 had become. The problem was the security cane with some very dangerous illusions. The Soviets were not “just like us” and “paranoid about our actions” and the future that the “experts” promised was fundamentally unworkable. As the world moved through the 1960’s to the 1970’s the illusions became too hard to maintain. The Soviets WERE trying to destroy us, their economy was a joke and the James Carter Administration proved just how unworkable the Blue model was. And many of the new lefties were just plain nuts and still are. The greatest generation, the people who wrapped the blanket around us wanted peace and prosperity at all cost. Their kids, the boomers revolted against the system and the blanket, probably because too much blanket is not healthy for a person or a society.
Yesterday someone asked about my post “upside down” and why cheap data processing and storing and communication would affect our social structure.
What I answered with was an example from my field and I’m going to repeat it here, and then we’re going to explore some other things.
My field is, of course, the area I know best how this worked.
If I am to believe memoirs, the field was fully taken over by the left in the forties. This would explain the rather gratuitous (and quite mind-twistingly bizarre) occasional political-diatribe paragraphs in things like Agatha Christie.
I once read a biography of a post WWII publisher, and it was obvious as the author of the bio was talking about “socially conscious publishing” or some such rot that it was when “we’ll publish what is good for you and you’ll like it.”
And people did. I mean, by and large. …
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