A Prediction for the Next Three Years: The Californication of America Will Proceed Apace

Prometheus Unbound

It’s 2014. What will it be like in January of 2017?

To answer this question, I think we should look backward to 35 years ago, when it was 1979. Jimmy Carter was president, the multi-ethnic “We are Family” Pittsburgh Pirates won the World Series in seven games, and The Cars were looking pretty darn cool.

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But there was something brewing beneath this culturally liberal surface–and what was brewing was conservatism. The fever of liberalism that characterized the 60s and 70s would be broken in the year following 1979, most specifically in November of 1980, when Ronald Reagan was elected president. It initiated an unmistakably new era in American culture and politics.

And that era will be seen to have run its course when Hillary Clinton is sworn in as the 45th President of the United States in January of 2017.

Contemporary conservatism had its Romantic phase with Ronald Reagan…

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