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The Seventies: Our First Full
Decade of Cultural Decline

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Posted By: M2, 9/7/2019 9:28:24 AM

I heard a television documentary declare recently that Sharon Tate’s murder at the insane hands of the Manson gang was the end of the Sixties. The remark wasn’t intended chronologically: its implication was plainly that the depraved brutality of the deed corrupted the “Sixties dream” and exiled American culture from the Eden of free love and rejection of social hierarchy. If only, if only a few crazed loons hadn’t flown off the preserve! In a far more significant sense, the Manson murders (there were several, by the way) were the climax of the Sixties—the necessary, inevitable dark fruit of a poisoned tree. When human beings are freed

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Reply 1 - Posted by: M2 9/7/2019 9:54:00 AM (No. 173749)
It was the 60's, actually.
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Reply 2 - Posted by: Rumblehog 9/7/2019 10:09:56 AM (No. 173774)
This nation was once guided by Judeo-Christian values. If you want to know what happened, look back to when that tradition became the source of ridicule and embarrassment. The "out of the closet" and later "gay pride" movements began in the 70's and the rot has continued to this day. No nation can embrace the immoral degeneracy of homosexuality and survive. God gave us Sodom and Gomorrah near the Dead Sea as a reminder. The day liberals declared themselves "smarter than God" and the sheeple began to blindly follow is when our nation was lost.
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Reply 3 - Posted by: EliotRosewater49 9/7/2019 10:16:34 AM (No. 173781)
I really don’t like this type of writing. Seems to be trying to make a point by proving he is smarter than the reader
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Reply 4 - Posted by: ramona 9/7/2019 10:42:32 AM (No. 173808)
I agree with Poster #3. This author hides some excellent points with a dense, verbose style. Numerous clever puns and metaphors lose their power in this mess. Ramona (the Pest)
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Reply 5 - Posted by: Faithfully 9/7/2019 11:15:53 AM (No. 173836)
Some people say that each decade doesn't start until three years in; 1960 to 63 were far more like the 1950's than 1964 - 1969.
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Reply 6 - Posted by: grampus 9/7/2019 11:29:53 AM (No. 173846)
I agree completely with #3 and #4. I even tried to read through the writer's garbage thinking there might be something of value hidden in it. A waste of time. He clearly has a higher opinion of himself and his writing that is justified.
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Reply 7 - Posted by: Newtsche 9/7/2019 12:32:53 PM (No. 173891)
Kudos to those reading the article. The website is like something from 1998, awkward and difficult to read. I was kind of interested for a couple minutes but reading was too much of a pain.
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Reply 8 - Posted by: Highlander 9/7/2019 1:14:52 PM (No. 173945)
Reading this made me think of a three-hour movie that could have told the whole story in thirty minutes.
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Reply 9 - Posted by: Wary American 9/7/2019 1:40:42 PM (No. 173977)
Indeed it was the decade that began what we have now. ALL THOSE UNPICKED IN GYM...and like most females, cannot forget the slight...Now they are like ticks in an underarm of an old dog: KILLING US.
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Reply 10 - Posted by: Chuzzles 9/7/2019 1:55:16 PM (No. 173988)
One of the biggest contributors to the social rot was noted Doctor Benjamin Spock. His ridiculous nonsense was taken as gospel by so many parents, that I believe he was a big part of the social decline. In the 70's I believe it was, he even apologized for being so wrong on so much. But by then, it was too little too late. You do not advocate a hands off approach to child rearing and expect things to go well. His rot led to so many things, like lack of respect for life and decency and tradition, which led to Roe v Wade. That was the biggest mortal wound to our nation, and it is finally taking effect.
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Reply 11 - Posted by: Penney 9/7/2019 2:03:12 PM (No. 173995)
Perhaps the noticable decline began in the mid-60' s when some notable Americans' respect for others began to fade and even some national publications & public figures proclaimed God was dead. Truth and ethics were marginalized and eventually brushed aside. Now, here we are, 50 years later, floundering about, forgetting the true and gullible to the cunning opportunist PC cons. Mmm mmm mmm Better get back to those solid basics of Life, Liberty and Justice, already learned but now ignored by too many.
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Reply 12 - Posted by: Folsomguy 9/7/2019 3:54:04 PM (No. 174082)
Have agree with #1. When I was college in the mid 60's is when six or eight of the idiots would stand on a street corner protesting the Viet Nam war. If the MSM would have ignored them it would have ended right there.
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Reply 13 - Posted by: DVC 9/7/2019 4:56:02 PM (No. 174110)
Some of the sixties was GREAT,and he early 70s, too, like the space program, and a lot of the music, but a lot of it stank, then and stinks worse in restrospect. It was the spawning of the horror shows of the 70s like the Symbionese Liberation Army, Weather Underground terrorist bombers, the whole San Fran scene, and of course the drugged out crazies like the Manson witches. Add in the two fake "oil shortages", and all the BS that the leftists pumped after THAT scam. I went to college in the first half of the 70s, saw it all pretty much first hand. I hate it when some millenial tries to explain it to the folks who were THERE.
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Reply 14 - Posted by: ussjimmycarter 9/7/2019 5:20:44 PM (No. 174126)
I started college at University of Iowa in 1972. Was a trumpet major. My first couple of years were awesome...even in the dorms. We went to Rock and Roll Bands live and then went to a small bar for musicians that was tucked out of the way and partied. I'll never forget coming back to Iowa City the fall of '74. Met my best friend and we got baked and went to our fav head bar...COD Steam Laundry... We walked in and there was a giant mirrored ball spinning from the ceiling and DISCO was blaring!!! That is when the nation fell completely apart. We walked out...started laughing and had to go back in again to make sure. Wow!!!
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Reply 15 - Posted by: Zarin 9/7/2019 10:12:16 PM (No. 174282)
Thomas Sowell tells it better with his simple story of the 2 blackouts in NYC - the 1st in 1964 (?) and the 2nd a decade later. During the 1st blackout crime went down and people helped each other. The 2nd blackout was horrible - riots & looting & fires.
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