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The Collapse of the Consensus?

The Collapse of the Consensus?

Ike through Reagan and parallels to today. Based in part on Godfrey Hodgson's "consensus" thesis from the book, America in Our Time

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Spiro Bolos

May 12, 2022
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  1. The Collapse of the Consensus? American Flag, Robert Mapplethorpe, 1977

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  3. Consensus Assumptions

  4. The American free enterprise system is a fundamentally just system

    which will help the country to always remain prosperous.
  5. We have unlimited natural resources.

  6. America can solve or is already solving all of its

    problems.
  7. We have faith in our leaders and our superior political

    institutions.
  8. We must act to stop Communism and we have the

    right to do this, everywhere in the world.
  9. 1952

  10. 1952 Eisenhower Nixon

  11. 1952 Eisenhower Nixon “IKE” “Tricky Dick”

  12. 1960 “I just wondered if you could give us an

    example of a major idea of his that you had adopted?”
  13. “If you give me a week, I might think of

    one.”
  14. 1960 Nixon JFK

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  16. “I’m not going down in history as the first American

    President who lost a war.” — LBJ
  17. My Lai: 1968

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  20. 1968

  21. “The Silent Majority” 1968

  22. “the unblack, the unpoor, and the unyoung” The Real Majority,

    1970
  23. Eight Flags for 99 Cents (1970)

  24. “I thought it was ‘Government for the People’?”

  25. 1970 “I thought it was ‘Government for the People’?” “Yeah,

    it’s for the people, all right…
  26. 1970 “I thought it was ‘Government for the People’?” “Yeah,

    it’s for the people, all right… …the rich people.”
  27. WATERGATE 1972

  28. 1974

  29. “If I walk out of this office, you know, on

    this [expletive] stuff, why, it would leave a mark on the American political system.”
  30. Voter Turnout 1976, 1980, 1984

  31. Gerald Ford

  32. Gerald Ford “Rummy” Cheney

  33. Jimmy Carter: An Age of Limits?

  34. “The threat is nearly invisible in ordinary ways. It is

    a crisis of confidence…that strikes at the very heart and soul and spirit of our national will. We can see this crisis in the growing doubt about the meaning of our own lives and in the loss of a unity of purpose for our nation.”
  35. 1979

  36. 1979

  37. 1953 X

  38. 1953

  39. 1979

  40. 52 for 444 days

  41. 52 for 444 days

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  43. April 24, 1980

  44. The Collapse of the Consensus?

  45. The American free enterprise system is a fundamentally just system

    which will help the country to always remain prosperous.
  46. LBJ’s War on Poverty

  47. We have unlimited natural resources.

  48. 1970s Energy Crisis

  49. We have unlimited natural resources.

  50. America can solve or is already solving all of its

    problems.
  51. Site of the Boston Massacre, 1976

  52. America can solve or is already solving all of its

    problems.
  53. America can solve or is already solving all of its

    problems. Vietnamese “Boat People”, 1978
  54. We have faith in our leaders and our superior political

    institutions.
  55. We have faith in our leaders and our superior political

    institutions.
  56. We have faith in our leaders and our superior political

    institutions. LBJ reacts to his son-in-law’s tape from Vietnam, 1968
  57. We must act to stop Communism and we have the

    right to do this, everywhere in the world.
  58. Evacuation of Saigon, 1975

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  60. The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall designed by Maya Lin, 1981

  61. Republican National Convention: Detroit, 1980 “Make America great again.”

  62. 2021 “My fellow Americans…trickle-down economics has never worked. It’s time

    to grow the economy from the bottom and the middle out.”
  63. 1890 1900 1910 1920 1930 1940 1950 1960 1970 1980

    1990 2000 2010 2020 Economic Equality, 1913-2015 Robert Putnam, The Upswing
  64. Mark Jay, UC-Santa Barbara

  65. 1981

  66. Campaign Commercial, 1984

  67. “It’s Morning Again in America” 1984

  68. 2016 “Meet the new boss. Same as the old boss.”

  69. None
  70. The Upside of the Consensus? CODA: