The Fourth Turning: The end of things and a beginning
“Now might be a good time to review The Fourth Turning: What the Cycles of History Tell Us About America’s Next Rendezvous with Destiny by historians William Strauss and Neil Howe. The authors’ thesis is that all historical periods are ‘post-war periods’ and every 80 years or so a human cycle of four generations concludes itself in catastrophe and rebirth.”
USAGOLD note: I came across this review of The Fourth Turning posted at The Hill while researching another topic and thought it worth posting a link. It lists five possible crisis triggers in the book, one being that “the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announce the spread of a new communicable virus.” The prescience of the authors – in both the big picture and the details – is uncanny. It’s an old article but worth revisiting in light of what has gone on in the American economy since it was published in late 1996. We are in the grip of the Fourth Turning now and will continue to be, according to Neil Howe, until 2028, when a new era will dawn.
Repost from 10-3-2020