Commentary on the ‘Fourth Turning’

Critical Commentary about the book ‘The Fourth Turning’ by William Strauss and Neil Howe.

“In spite of their claims being little more than unscientific cyclical theory, they are currently taken seriously by a lot of conservatives and liberals alike, because their theory offers conservatives the hope that society is on the verge of cycling out of the social changes of the 1960s and 1980s and back to the social conservatism of the 1940s-50s, and liberals the hope that society is on the verge of cycling out of the Reagan-Bush era of deregulation and privatization and back to the New Deal and Keynesian economics of the 1940s-50s. But first, of course, society has to go through the Big Crisis that comes along every 80 years and is coming again, soon according to the authors.” – Rational Wiki article

So yes most of us can agree that history is cyclical, however i do not think that the results are the ‘same’ enough to predict how exactly things will change by simply using logic. Now if they are using a higher power like God or angels as their influence, then sure anything is possible lol. As authorities on generational history i commend the 4th Turning authors, as history indeed repeats itself in various ways, few of which are predictable regarding how vast and major the changes will be, and when they are predictable, they are only predictable in vague ways by a few of us freaks.

I think that generational cycles have more to do with simply not wanting to obey our parents, and the fact that we have WARS all the time because we allow demagogues and soulless corporations to control our governments.

It is fun to think that we could actually fit like porcelain-dolls into a cabinet of categories in perpetuity, very Aristotelian; but as most philosophers know such artificial constructs are easily picked apart by later skeptics who examine reality in respect to other important relative aspects.

For example here is another way to look at how change could be enacted and sustainably stay changed. – An ideal national government for SCOD would have a council of presidents from each time zone, fund the national guard more than a standing army, with an emphasis on individual citizens rather than obedient slaves to the system, increase credit unions and decrease bank power, increase funding of public lands and decrease corporate well-fair, and fund education to encourage students to study what they want as long as they want. Next time you hear the word “Entitlements” used to degrade government support of poor people = Please remind people that certainly those that use that word for poor people on government support, should eventually realize that rich people have many more entitlements that are not earned as they are far too grand a scale relative to other humans.

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