Five Lessons from History

I just read the following and it made me ruminate enough to want to share. There was no real striking revelation listed in the piece. I found most of my reactions were along the lines of, "Well, sure... That seems obvious.". But it was edifying for me because it clearly illustrated and described better what I could only claim as an innate understanding.

A quick snip:

"Americans voted Herbert Hoover into office in 1928 with one of the
biggest landslides in history (444 electoral college votes). They voted
him out in 1932 with a landslide in the other direction (59 electoral
college votes).

Then the big changes began.

The gold standard, gone. Gold actually became illegal to own.

Public works, surged.

Attempts to provide taxpayer-funded old-age pension insurance made no
progress for decades, with supporters arrested on the Capitol lawn
during the most serious push after World War I. The Depression
practically flipped a switch: a fringe idea was suddenly embraced. The
Social Security Act was passed in 1935 372 to 33 in the House of
Representatives, and 77 to 6 in the Senate.

On the other side of this was an alleged coup by wealthy businessmen to overthrow Franklin Roosevelt, with a Marine General named Smedley Butler taking his place as dictator, similar to fascist trends sweeping Europe at the time.

These are not the kind of things that occur when people are sleeping
well and have stable jobs. It’s not until your life is upended, your
hopes dashed, your dreams uncertain that people begin taking ideas
they’d never consider before seriously."


  • And you knew who you were then,
    Girls were girls and men were men,
    Mister we could use a man
    Like Herbert Hoover again.
  • You know, the genius of the founders was that they created a system of government that could survive bad times and bad people.

    To bad we fucked it up.
  • I'm not so pessimistic.
  • Seabird said:

    I'm not so pessimistic.

    That’s because you think things are still fixable.

  • It would be better if our revolutions didn't result in communists getting into office and doing long lasting damage but I guess we are a little more civilized than France.
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