Wednesday, November 11, 2009

The Great Yesterday

"I tell her that her desire to present to me the Great Yesterday is a universal impulse in today's world."

Ryszard Kapuscinski, Imperium

In his book the Great Yesterday refers to various nationalisms-- cultural flowerings at different times in different places. Another way to think about the Great Yesterday is as a fundemental contrast to the New Normal that now engulfs us in the aftermath of the Great Recession.

For many, the Great Yesterday represents the economic growth of the 1950s and 1960s, perhaps extending up to the early 1970s. We saw growth, safety nets, unions, income sharing, middle-class building, even some wealth sharing.

Ironically, many of us felt stultified by the Great Yesterday -- big business, big government, wars, dashed aspirations, new oppressions.

The Great Yesterday before that was the Good War or the Great Depression

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