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  •  People who weren't even born yet (3+ / 0-)

    during the Great Depression are constantly making the statement, "The depth of the economic collapse we are experiencing today is second only to that of the Great Depression."  So what's the diff?

    Reading and studying about history, and drawing comparisons to today, are wonderful exercises in understanding.  It's the only way we could ever prove George Santayana wrong.

    "In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican." - H. L. Mencken

    by SueDe on Sat Apr 06, 2013 at 06:05:03 AM PDT

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    •  I guess the main difference is (0+ / 0-)

      the state of the economies are quantified. We have crunched numbers to tell us the truth of making such a statement.

      But the statement "The surge of generational change continues in this country, altering the cultural landscape with a speed and intensity that has rarely — if ever — been seen before." is not so easily shown with something as unforgiving as mathematics.
      It just comes off as a statement made from ignorance, from not having an understanding of the rate and styles of change that took place in the "young generation" of the mid-60s to early 70s. The shock that older generations expressed at the social upheaval barely exists in today's social climate.
      That's not to say it never will be. It could very well be that the person making the above statement is only premature with his/her assessment and may be exhibiting some prescience. Or it may be the author is taking creative license with hyperbole.
      Either way, NBD.

      Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal. - Martin Luther King, Jr.

      by Gentle Giant on Mon Apr 08, 2013 at 11:09:03 AM PDT

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