The Fourth Turning
Bill Quick

THE FOURTH AMERICAN REVOLUTION (Featured Article) « The Burning Platform

The next Fourth Turning is due to begin shortly after the new millennium, midway through the Oh-Oh decade. Around the year 2005, a sudden spark will catalyze a Crisis mood. Remnants of the old social order will disintegrate. Political and economic trust will implode. Real hardship will beset the land, with severe distress that could involve questions of class, race, nation and empire. The very survival of the nation will feel at stake. Sometime before the year 2025, America will pass through a great gate in history, commensurate with the American Revolution, Civil War, and twin emergencies of the Great Depression and World War II. – The Fourth Turning – Strauss & Howe -1997

This is extremely fascinating stuff. Read the whole thing. And then maybe buy the book.

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Bill Quick

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I am a small-l libertarian. My primary concern is to increase individual liberty as much as possible in the face of statist efforts to restrict it from both the right and the left. If I had to sum up my beliefs as concisely as possible, I would say, "Stay out of my wallet and my bedroom," "your liberty stops at my nose," and "don't tread on me." I will believe that things are taking a turn for the better in America when married gays are able to, and do, maintain large arsenals of automatic weapons, and tax collectors are, and do, not.

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  1. Strauss and Howe also wrote the books “Generations” (where they lay out their “generational constellation” theory of American history) and “13th Gen” (about Gen X).

    Interesting stuff.

  2. “Generations” created a new lens for me, through which I examine current events based on their theory of crisis alternating with awakenings to create archetypal generations.

    I also like it because their generational definitions place me safely inside the 13th Generation (Gen X), far from the clutches of demographers who try to shove me into the Boomer Gen.

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