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  •  I don't think that's fair, especially (5+ / 0-)

    as your fellow Kossack begins by admitting not having read the book.

    S/he did, on the other hand, just read a review of the book, a review that left me wondering the same thing: Gee, doesn't this book sound like another version of "this was great, and now it sucks?"

    I was at a neighbor's son's graduation party this afternoon, with a group of people who have lived, or have children living, in Philadelphia and Boston.  They were laughing about the Schuylkill and Charles rivers -- how filthy they used to be, how much cleaner they are now.  I'm 47; I can remember watching Johnny Carson joke about the LA smog.  I lived in a county with a lot of farming.  The big cross-county high school football game was called the Tomato Bowl.  And I remember the epithets my brother endured for dating a black girl in 1982.  1982 -- just a few years after Watergate and before Iran Contra.

    I mourn the passing of many things I remember from my childhood, and I celebrate the passing of others.  But damnit, I'm a progressive who grew up in the racist, sexist South, and I'll take this time in America over that time any day.

    Except for the music, man, except for the music!

    A 47% return on investment--that's pretty doggoned good!

    by deminva on Sun Jun 09, 2013 at 08:05:27 PM PDT

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    •  Not really (0+ / 0-)

      From above: "If you were born around 1960 or afterward, you have spent your adult life in the vertigo of that unwinding."

      It's obvious that you belong to that very group (as do I). I think that you are so caught up in the vertigo you don't know which way is up or down.

      While a dirty river here or there may have been cleaned up, the fact is we are staring down the barrell of a number of massive environmental disasters. Things like the oceans dying off, rainforests being wiped out, and global warming.

      Having worked in a factory my father worked in at an early age, I really understand what this book is talking about. There was an entirely different vision of what society was capable of. While bad things were happening (i.g. the vietnam war) our institutions were still revered. Now they are seen as a source of problems rather than taking care of them. Reviled above all.

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