Unlike the 1930s, we are no longer a nation who call each other „Mister” and „Ma’am,” where even the down-and-out wear neckties and speak a discernible variant of regular English, where hoboes say „thank you,” and where, in short, there is something like a common culture of shared values. We’re a nation of thugs and louts with flames tattooed on our necks, who call each other „motherfucker” and are skilled only in playing video games based on mass murder. The masses of Roosevelt’s time were coming off decades of programmed, regimented work, where people showed up in well-run factories and schools and pretty much behaved themselves. In my view, that’s one of the reasons that the US didn’t explode in political violence during the Great Depression of the 1930s – the discipline and fortitude of the citizenry.
Prognoze pesimiste pentru 2010 (James Howard Kunstler)