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Relax, It is the 70’s Revisited

We naturally forget past historical times. We remember bits and pieces and forget the whole. History may not repeat itself, but it does rhyme. We might want to look at the period of the 70’s, about 50 years ago. As the United States operates in 50 year cycles, we always want to return to the time period that began 50 years ago and see what led up to that new beginning. To do that, we return to the 70’s. It led up to the Reagan era which began in 1980 and is now ending during the 2020’s. We launch a new cycle in 2030 which ushers in another new 50 year cycle. Just as Jimmy Carter was night and day to Ronald Reagan, so will the next leader usher in this new upcoming cycle.

First we have to get through these 20’s. It is not an easy period but we do survive. At times we become very self-destructive and crazy but it is all part of the plan. In order to create a new vase, we smash the existing one and use its’ clay powder. We are in that phase. Just when you think you can’t take it any more, it rises up and creates a new and better plan. Watch and see. This is our pattern of self-destruction and creation.

I remember well the 70’s. I remember the Viet Nam war protests including Kent State in Ohio where the national guards were called in to stop students protesting and shot dead 4 students and injured 11 more. This was just in 1970. In 1975, April 30th, the Viet Nam war ended with a disastrous and disparate flight to freedom for entrapped South Vietnamese. Apollo and Soyuz spacecraft take off for U.S.-Soviet link-up in space. Margaret Thatcher became the first woman elected to lead Britain’s Conservative Party. Women marched for equal rights and Roe vs Wade passed in 1973. We also had the Watergate Scandal and the Gay Liberation Movement. We never stopped having protests and marches. It was considered the “Me” generation or the “Me” decade. Divorce rates soared and women burned their bras. It was the rise in various “cults” and self-help gurus. MindSpring, Life spring, Synanon, Erhard Seminar Training started in 1971 (EST). The country had to accommodate the return of the troops from Vietnam and the huge loss of 55,000 Americans. This was really our first major loss since World War II. All in all the 70’s brought us Jimmy Carter who served as our one-term president during the capture of Americans in Iran.

During this global upheaval, the Iranian Revolution, began with a popular uprising in Iran in 1978–79 that resulted in the toppling of the monarchy on February 11, 1979, and led to the establishment of an Islamic republic. The Iranians held the American diplomats hostage for 444 days. Unfortunately, the Iran hostage crisis undermined Carter’s conduct of foreign policy resulting in his loss at the polls.

So now, think about our tumultuous times and see the parallel to the 70’s. There are lots of upheavals, wringing of hands, protests and anger. What else is new? What we need to realize is that the times we are living through now are nothing new, just different but has much of the sky-is-falling type of rhetoric.

We must go through these excruciating times to gain the new changes coming our way. We could not continue to operate in the same manner as we have since 1980. Just think of all that came out of the 70’s and how they are similar to our times. Even Roe v Wade is again on the ballot to be made whole for the states. It’s not over. We now have more rights for women, more reticence to get directly involved with boots on the ground and many laws created over the last 50 years that encourage voting rights etc. I can remember women couldn’t get credit cards of their own until the 1970’s. Their salaries could now be included when a couple received a mortgage on their new home.

Are we suffering? Sure! The human condition is one of suffering whether rich or poor. It is also a time of great grace and improvement. We just get stuck in thinking of the catastrophe of the moment. 24 hour news doesn’t help but you have the prerogative to turn it off. The 20’s will pass but the people who will lead the country of America are not in this election. This is the election of the last hurrah of the Reagan Era. We have to ride it out through the 20’s until we learn and elect new leaders who can help us in our era of the 30’s. This is how America reinvents herself. Pay attention to the 2028 election and keep your eye on the ball through the next 4 years. Remember politics is always local. The old guard is leaving the spotlight.

9 responses to “Relax, It is the 70’s Revisited”

  1. Gail Minogue says:

    I appreciate your comments.

  2. Gail Minogue says:

    Thank you.

  3. Robert Schantz says:

    Thank you Gail. You and Scott Galloway are two of my guides during this time. If you haven’t seen his recent Ted Talk in Vancouver I highly recommend it.

  4. Gail Lang says:

    It’s Monday morning, and I’m reading your post and listening to the news…saying the Iranian President has been killed in a helicopter crash…linking the old cycle with the new!
    Thanks for the post Gail. It really helps to zoom out and put this all in perspective.

  5. Gail Minogue says:

    Not to worry, there won’t be a civil war in America. We can have regional conflicts and remnants of the confederacy but it will sort out after the next election in 2028. Creative destruction.

  6. Gail Minogue says:

    Thank you for commenting. This post is on the 70’s and nothing to do with white American protests. Actually, the 60’s was the 10 year cycle of the civil rights movement and various marches, protests around social injustice and the vote protection. This was not the prior cycle ushering in the 50 year cycle. The 70’s were considering the focus on the “self” and totally different than the 60’s focus. It led to pressure the changing of the guard bringing in the next 50 year cycle of corporations and government tied together beginning in 1980.

  7. Donald says:

    The foundation of the 70’s Paradigm Shift was the Civil Rights movement. That should have been mentioned as u called out white American protest. American history has always kept Black Americans out of its true history.

  8. Thank u again for your insightfulness! I sure wish that there was more light shining on us now…almost too exhausting at times!

  9. Lindsey Murphy says:

    Thank you Gail. Your politics may be local but they affect the stability of the western world and reflect on the values of democracy in particular. Observing what has been playing out in your country from the safety of Australia over the past decade, it seems to me as though the war between the states is ongoing. I hope for better times for you all.

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