First posted 11/12/2016
With all the talk of America’s return to the 1950’s I thought Americans should know what we need to have in place to help President Trump make our return a success.
The sense of community and the income equality of the 1950’s were the result of two generations that forged a social contract based on what they had learned about fascism
by defeating it.
The older generation had fought and won World War One and younger adults fought World War Two or had older siblings who fought.
Women also served in the military.
All men upon reaching the age of 18 were required to either serve in the military or serve in their communities.
This forced men of different classes to meet each other as equals which fostered a measure of respect and understanding between the classes.
The people of the 1950’s also voted to create a public fund for themselves which they called Social Security.
This fund was designed prevent Americans from destitution in old age.
In the America of the 1950’s women had the vote but very little power in the workforce or in politics.
Racial equality varied from state to state.
Economically, the people of the 1950’s believed in progressive taxes, regulated utilities, fully funded public education and community service.
If we’re returning to the 1950’s, we might as well get it right.
I offer this film by Encyclopaedia Britannica.
It was used in the high school civics classes of the time.
The film, Despotism was produced in 1946.
This is how the Establishment or ‘Deep State” of the 1950’s defined Democracy and good citizenship.
As communities go, so goes the Nation.
Where does your community stand on a scale between Democracy and Despotism?
Rob Goldstein(c) 2016