If it looks, walks, smells, and throws verbal grenades like what was business as usual in the Counterculture, maybe it is a return to radicalism. On both the left and the right.
Many of us who came of age during the Counterculture of the late 1960s have been noticing the similarities of the highly political environment of today and what went down then.
Everything now and everything then quickly acquired a political meaning.
The link is to an article by Jim VandeHei at Axios. Here you can read it. Unlike the usual Axios articles, this one is long form.
No matter what occurs, be it a nomination for the U.S. Supreme Court or a school shooting, the issue mutates immediately into a political one. Both the left and the right get in there.
Pontification is everywhere. As in the Counterculture, there is no search for common ground. Both political extremes are certain they are 100% correct in their interpretations of whatever.
The article warns: The radicalization will get worse.
What shook the foundations of the radicalism of the counterculture was the severe recession of the 1970s. The easy money was gone. Finding work was tough. We, as a pragmatist would put it, had to grow up. We cut our hair and the rhetoric.
What could shake the foundations of the current radicalism? Obviously, a financial crash more serious than the one in 2008 would do it. We could come together.
During that 1970s economic downturn, the left and the right labored side by side in jobs we were thankful to have.
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