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Thursday, April 06, 2017

A note to radio listeners and New York Times readers!

Those of you arriving here thanks to the New York Times story on Bannon or to Chris Lydon on radioopensource.org will be particularly interested in this post.  Note that it was published in December 2015. It was written months earlier, well before the Trump campaign took off--but at this moment I'm inclined to stand by the conclusions.

Other readers will enjoy the interview that is now available at radioopensource.org.


tmaus said...

professor is there a proper location to leave comments or discuss the radio session? I have some questions and some counterpoints I would like to write out if at all possible.

David Kaiser said...

Unfortunately, TMaus, I don't think radioopensource has a comment forum. I suggest you post your comments here!

David Kaiser said...

TMaus, I misspoke. There is a lively comments section here:

Bozon said...


I listened to your interview. Helpful discussion. Skipped the rest.

You mentioned, in passing, that Obama thought that the system just needed some tinkering and fixing, nothing more, whereas you have said you thought his election heralded another FDR New Deal Era.

I wonder where one would start, with a New New Deal, for 2017. Trump seemed to claim something like that himself.

I have speculated about something like that on my blog, suggesting it would have to be a really really big kind of thing, sort of a Marshall Plan to reindustrialize the US and create a national economy rather than one deeply and perhaps irretrievably enmeshed within a global one now.

There are a lot of political structural implications for such an effort. A lot of the way things have done here would have to be radically changed to even move in such a direction.

Lecturing big business, as Trump has done, on not moving facilities abroad, is not much of a start in that direction.

All the best

Justin said...

I am so glad I found this blog. Hopefully you will see and answer my question regarding your post from 2015.

S-H make the point that at the end of The Civil War sacelum no new Hero (Civic) generation came about. This loss of a civic oriented generation likely led to the Gilded Age and the dominance of the robber barron for nearly 40 years. So how do you account for the Millenial generation in your framework for the future? Could they (we) push back against the world order that GWB built and that Trump seems intent on accelerating? Or is the idea of a hero Millenial generation a mirage? Should we just extend the years of Gen X into the late 80s and then begin with a new Artist generation?

Also, if you believe the Crisis started in the 2000 election does that mean you see it ending in the next few years? Neil Howe has said he sees us in Crisis until 2030. If it ends soon then perhaps we are seeing the new prophet generation born today.

David Kaiser said...

Justin, the issue you raise has been hotly debated on line among acolytes of the theory. I have seen Millennials perform heroically in individual institutions like charter schools. But since there seems to be no chance of the older generations mobilizing them en masse the way the GIs were, I don't think they can become that kind of hero generation, in the same way that the Progressives did not. Meanwhile, it's been 35 years since the first Millennials were born and some new generation has been born and they don't look like Prophets yet! So we will have to wait and see, but I think they could become artists. Glad to have you on board.