and the mainstream media have been blindsided by the sudden mood
shift of the country in the last few years. The reason they have
been blindsided is they believe world history is linear. Liberals
have now begun referring to themselves as progressives. These people
think the world only progresses. The facts indicate otherwise. History
is cyclical. History is replete with grand empires like Rome, Spain
and Britain. It is also replete with Dark Ages, depressions and
wars. Strauss & Howe have established that history can be broken
down into 80 to 100 year Saeculums that consist of four turnings:
The High, The Awakening, The Unraveling, and the Crisis.
Turning is a High, an upbeat era of strengthening
institutions and weakening individualism, when a new civic order
implants and the old values regime decays.
Turning is an Awakening, a passionate era of spiritual
upheaval, when the civic order comes under attack from a new values
Turning is an Unraveling, a downcast era of strengthening
individualism and weakening institutions, when the old civic order
decays and the new values regime implants.
Turning is a Crisis, a decisive era of secular upheaval,
when the values regime propels the replacement of the old civic
order with a new one.
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