Ed Driscoll

Recreate '58!

Roger Kimball writes, “much that we associate with ‘the Sixties’ really had its origin in the 1950s”, observations that societal critics as disparate as Alvin Toffler and Diana West each mentioned to me when I interviewed them. While some on the left will tacitly make that point when pinned down, it isn’t internalized in how the left views history, because it undermines much of the “the most important decade of the 20th century” narrative of the 1960s, as someone who did one too many tabs of lysergic acid diethylamide in the waning years of that decade once claimed.

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What Allan Bloom said in comparing American universities in the 1950s to those of the 1960s can easily be generalized to apply to the culture as a whole: