Do you think there's any parallel between these two groups in their social perceptions?
The reason why I ask is because both were times of great illusory, larger-than-life, almost fantastical success for America fiscally and politically...especially for anyone who was middle class or higher (or whose family had the same amount of money as the middle class).
I grew up in a time when everything was handed to me. I had everything that kids in the 80's had: dance and piano lessons, a horse in my back yard, on television everyone had tons of money, and Reagan filled our heads with all kinds of preposterous bullshit, which seemed to come true because of the fantastic end of the Cold War.
The music of the 80's was also mainly pop (it was one of the best times for pop in the history of the U.S. aside from the 1950's and early 60's) and happy and upbeat. America seemed to be getting better, not getting worse.
Then suddenly in the 90's there was a drastic shift to reality, a recession, the first Gulf War, grunge, increase liberalism, that kind of mirrors the 1960's.
Again there was some prosperity in the late 90's and early 00's, but then a very bad political situation and war, not entirely unlike the early 70's and Vietnam, before the country went into a gas shortage and a deep recession.
The 70's were also the time when the Religious Right began to pop up, who seem to have a very loud voice Now.
I'm wondering what the influence of having a very affluent and hopeful-seeming childhood creates in the generaton who experiences it, when they experience a big huge dose of reality in their teens and twenties, as they come into middle age and begin to be the people taking control of the wheel.
Is this the explanation for my generation so fervently pushing toward fiscal conservatism (like the 80's) despite all seemingly factual clues around them?
Are we trying to re-create our childhood, just as the children of the 50's tried to re-create their childhoods in the 80's?
Is that really smart, considering what came next?
I'm trying to figure out the source for all of this irrational-seeming extreme fiscal conservatism in my generation.