Dick and others,
Thanks for the links. I haven't looked at them yet but the title of the series is suggestive. An economist's perspective on the 20th century might add some context. I just happen to be reading this for a paper I'm working on: http://economics.mit.edu/files/8043
According to the authors and the authors being reviewed, the U.S. was preeminent in education and economic growth. For about 80 years, people with a high school education could join a union and work their way to a middle class lifestyle. Then things changed. The paper gets pretty technical in places, but just reading the introduction and section 5, conclusions, you can get the gist of it. Be sure to check out fig. 7 and fig. 8, the latter showing how we "hit the wall" in an important way in the latter part of the century. We're now off track, so where do we go from here? Reviewers have thoughts.
A good pairing of this paper is this article, Unequal America, in the Harvard Magazine, showing the Gini Index
. This short piece might capture the real essence of the rush to "gun up" America.
On Jan 15, 2013, at 10:15 PM, Dick S. wrote:
Jon, our moderator, this evening requested I send the following links.
They had gone out before but only to people whose email addresses I had in my "contacts" and that had been a part of a particular evening's discussion.
Now, I'm sending to the entire Burnsville Socrates Café MeetUp group. they can be viewed if you have high speed internet and sound.
I'd suggest viewing them in the order listed.
The first four links are a BBC, four part series in order. The title of the series is, "The Century of the Self", Parts I, II, III, IV.
Of these four each part is just short of an hour in length.
The fifth link is the full North Korean documentary that expresses their views about the United States.
It is one hour and thirty-six minutes in length.
Nice to see such a large group this evening.
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