What was the Hitler Youth and how did her win the heart and mind of the young people?
Can The Center Hold? Ross Douthat wants to know Are We Unraveling? He slices and dices the question. But before I get to that I'd like to discuss my reading style. I cycle around between a few hundred ebooks and read them in parallel.
I highly recommend trying this. Causes all sorts of mental connections. It expands my awareness about a wide range of topics. Though some of these books will only get finished if I live a long time.
One of my many partially read books in my tablets describes a previous period that seemed like it might lead to a societal unraveling. Bryan Burroughs, in his Days Of Rage describes how back in the s lots of groups were trying to spur a revolution.
Also, starting in the s crime surged. America was quite crazy in the s in ways that younger generations seem oblivious to. Between andassaults on Los Angeles patrolmen quintupled. Between andattacks on officers in New Jersey leaped by 41 percent.
In Detroit they rose 70 percent in alone. In congressional testimony and press interviews, police officials in cities across the country blamed the rise in violence squarely on the Panthers and their ultraviolent rhetoric.
So I think we've seen worse than what we are seeing lately. Granted, 5 police officeres were just gunned down by a black sniper in Dallas and the press helped create the environment that'll cause the easily excitable to do this sort of thing. But I bet being a police officer today is much safer than being one in One of the reasons for this: The population is much older today.
The young men with surging testosterone are a lot fewer in number.
Plus, we lock up a much larger fraction of the violent population though the Left is trying to reverse this. What's different today is that not only the revolutionaries but also even the mainstream liberal press see the general public as less morally legitimate.
Back in the s our angry people thought they could bring the masses over to their point of view. We had lots of political bombings but few deaths. Unlike today, the revolutionaries identified with the American population and the revolutionaries were trying to inspire the masses to rise up really.
What they did was amazingly crazy: The underground bombings of the s were far more widespread and and far less lethal.Britain is the common name for the sovereign state of the United Kingdom, the political entity comprising England, Wales, Scotland (which make up the island of Great Britain) and Northern Ireland.
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