Sometimes I post any “Things were actually worse before. With minor bobbles — we’re in one, yes — things generally are moving in the direction we want them to.” (Note even during our bobble, and despite the strangling hand of the vile progs at the controls, we’re still experiencing movement in the right direction. Just slower, and limited.)
And it never fails. Like a rock drops to Earth, like a dog returns to their vomit, someone in the comments does the equivalent of “Argle, barle, prrrrrgaht, things were wonderful in my neck of the woods when I was little. We had faith, community, love, and everyone cared about everyone else. It was a golden age of hand holding and singing kumbaya and we got up in the morning, ate our cup of dirt and sand to the Lord.”
Look, I’m never going to convince you, because you’re so sure of it, but what you experience as all those things as a kid is 90% the fact that you’re a kid. Your vision of the world is simple. You could grow up in the world’s most infectious crab bucket, but you’d think you were loved and protected, because…. you were. Kids don’t have to strive against adults to get to have a job, or to do their job, or to retain any amount of their earnings. Those are adult concerns. Kids experience the “everyone looked out for everyone else” that is the basic mode of both crab buckets and families. And of course you project that on the rest of the world, because that’s how you see it.
Also until the sixties and the counterculture, the mass-cultural-media complex spent a lot of time spreading the idea that the world was like that: tidy nuclear families, who loved, loved loved each other, and where every father was wise, every kid a lovable scamp, every mother well put together and a great cook.
It was that carefully constructed, no dissent allowed from the perfect image, view of the world that the media created more or less wholesale that made the sixties attacks on the culture so devastating. Because most people had never experienced that kind of perfection (and most adults knew that for sure) it was easy to convince them the world was a terrible place and that all the happy stuff was disinformation.
(It should be much easier for us to shatter the image of the grey, decaying world they now push. Particularly if we ignore the loud voices in social media. We know we’re being manipulated. And that most people are decent, if not all in the same manner.)
Those of you, meanwhile, who say that the time between the wars, and extending through the fifties was a golden age because of how much the life of the average person improved? You have a point. More than a point.
The average person went from actual fear of hunger and living on the edge of it, to “reducing” being a popular pastime. The average person experienced the difference antibiotics made in life span. The average person went from wanting a chicken in every pot, to wanting a car in every garage.
The problem is not that. The problem is attributing the prosperity to centralized government and top down control, which a lot of people — and all the “progressives” — do.
That wave of unleashed prosperity came from a time of relatively untrammeled capitalism around the turn of the last century.
Not fully untrammeled, and more and more hobbled as time went on, but the ability to let people make and build and grow was greater than it became in the mid-to-late twentieth century. And the results were astounding.
The problem is, because some of those fruits only became visible to the public as things centralized, people attributed them to the centralization, not the previous freedom.
As I told you, when Obama care was being rammed through: No, people won’t love it. The reason people loved this type of thing in other countries is that it was instituted just as breakthroughs like antibiotics, and other really practical and life saving modern-medicine innovations became ubiquitous.
So people, who of course don’t analyse things very deeply, attribute these great innovations to the centralized “fee” medicine, and will defend it with their lives, because they think if you take it away they go back to pre-antibiotic, pre-vaccine, pre-hygiene era.
It’s nonsense, but it’s what people do.
In the same way the fifties, with the rest of the world destroyed and the US relatively prosperous, allowed a lot of the past eras innovations to be mainstreamed. And people equated that prosperity with center-out, up-down government control.
I suspect it’s where the myth of the infallible government expert and the “Smart” government bureaucrats came from.
In fact, what the tightening of the governmental controls, continuing at least till the eighties (look, people, before the eighties few people realized you “could” have a modern society without price controls. You have no idea how many myths Reagan demolished) did was to make that freewheeling innovation that rained prosperity on the world slow to a crawl. The innovation only happened wherever the government wasn’t looking. And in the last two years, government started reversing the tide of innovation and prosperity.
It’s a sad thing that prosperity and innovation got associated with the big government that killed it. And it’s time to destroy that myth.
Because top-down control mostly kills. And the thing governments are best at is taking money and oppressing their own people.
While it would be nice to have one that fulfilled its constitutionally mandated duties, we should restrict them to that.
Keep government small, poor and limited, and you’ll see a golden age flourish like nothing the world experienced before. Or don’t, and watch civilization perish.