Posted 2 years ago on July 24, 2012, 1:06 p.m. EST by NLake72
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This is really interesting stuff. It's well worth spending a few minutes listening to these authors' perspective. The thumbnail overview is that history more or less repeats itself, and that it happens in cycles of roughly 80 years (a “natural” century-- the natural lifetime of a person.) Every 20 years, a new generation of children are born who have their own perspectives on world events, and each generation has certain behavior patterns... Very thought provoking. In case anyone here has any doubts, it seems we've entered The Fourth Turning as of the 2008 financial crisis, and we've got another 15 years of hard times ahead... All things being equal, of course. The Fourth Turning sounds like some horrible “end of civilization” scenario, and it's always possible... However, from these crises comes a new beginning, for better or worse... How we react to these times is up to us, and will define the content of our nation's character.
Overview of Strauss and Howe's ideas
Part 1 (14 minutes) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z6B-ZnZgd6E&feature=relmfu
Part 2 (12 minutes) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ljM2Cvxrsk&feature=relmfu