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The best decade
Posted by: Ombligo
Date: August 29, 2022 10:49AM
Poll
So when was the best decade, politically, socially, economically?
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34 votes were received.
1930's 0
 
0%
1940's 1
 
3%
1950's 3
 
9%
1960's 4
 
12%
1970's 6
 
18%
1980's 6
 
18%
1990's 12
 
35%
2000's 0
 
0%
2010's 2
 
5%
2020's 0
 
0%



I'll go with the 1990's - it leaves a lot to desired for minority relations but the nation was not as divided, economics was good, and we weren't at war.



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Re: The best decade
Posted by: Speedy
Date: August 29, 2022 11:10AM
I like Ike but things were bad in the Deep South if you weren’t white. I voted ‘90’s.



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Re: The best decade
Posted by: Acer
Date: August 29, 2022 11:44AM
1990s. A neutered Russia not able to meddle or bully seemed to clear the air internationally for a while. Peace is good for business.
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Re: The best decade
Posted by: DeusxMac
Date: August 29, 2022 11:48AM
“Best” for whom?

Me personally, my family, my community, my state, my country, my planet?

Not all the same answer.
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Re: The best decade
Posted by: Speedy
Date: August 29, 2022 11:52AM
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DeusxMac
“Best” for whom?

Me personally, my family, my community, my state, my country, my planet?

Not all the same answer.

“So when was the best decade, politically, socially, economically?”



Saint Cloud, Minnesota, where the weather is wonderful even when it isn't.
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Re: The best decade
Posted by: JoeH
Date: August 29, 2022 12:02PM
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Speedy
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DeusxMac
“Best” for whom?

Me personally, my family, my community, my state, my country, my planet?

Not all the same answer.

“So when was the best decade, politically, socially, economically?”

Yeah, I have different answers for all three.
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Re: The best decade
Posted by: Grateful11
Date: August 29, 2022 01:01PM
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DeusxMac
“Best” for whom?

Me personally, my family, my community, my state, my country, my planet?

Not all the same answer.

This.



Grateful11
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Re: The best decade
Posted by: mattkime
Date: August 29, 2022 01:09PM
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Grateful11
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DeusxMac
“Best” for whom?

Me personally, my family, my community, my state, my country, my planet?

Not all the same answer.

This.

What don't you understand about gross simplification?
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Re: The best decade
Posted by: Buzz
Date: August 29, 2022 01:44PM
Politically, too much spread out over several decades.

Socially, the 1970's.

Economically, mid 1980's thru mid 1990's
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Re: The best decade
Posted by: Acer
Date: August 29, 2022 01:46PM
More importantly, is each decade defined by x1 to [x+]0 or x0 to x9?



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 08/29/2022 01:46PM by Acer.
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Re: The best decade
Posted by: hal
Date: August 29, 2022 01:52PM
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Acer
More importantly, is each decade defined by x1 to [x+]0 or x0 to x9?

saying "the nineties" implies dates that begin with 199_

saying "the eighties" implies dates that begin with 198_

etc...
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Re: The best decade
Posted by: N-OS X-tasy!
Date: August 29, 2022 03:49PM
I came of age in the '80s and am very fond of that decade.

Musically, I think I prefer the '70s over all others.

As a whole, though, I think the '90s gets my vote, for reasons already stated by others as well as some of my own.



It is what it is.
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Re: The best decade
Posted by: SDGuy
Date: August 29, 2022 04:02PM
Another vote for the '90s

Off the top of my head: yes, there was political rancor, but nowhere near what it is today (even Newt Gingrich & Bill Clinton managed to be able to work together); smoking on airplanes and out in public finally became less of a thing if not outright not allowed, car reliability finally started to be a thing, myself and my peers as young working professionals were easily able to make a decent life for ourselves - even in pricey (and now insanely pricey) coastal San Diego, without internet everywhere 24/7 people actually socialized and interacted with each other...I'm sure there's more, but that's what came immediately to mind for me
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Re: The best decade
Posted by: DinerDave
Date: August 29, 2022 04:48PM
For me...

70's best music
80's best socially, met my wife
90's best family, had 2 kids
2020's best financial, mortgage gone, solar installed, paid for.

Dave



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Re: The best decade
Posted by: vision63
Date: August 29, 2022 04:54PM
I'm gonna give it to the 60's. Our country grew up in some incredibly important ways. 1963/4 alone brought revolutionary codification of American justice to a precipice.
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Re: The best decade
Posted by: gadje
Date: August 29, 2022 07:16PM
can I choose a single day instead of a whole decade?

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Re: The best decade
Posted by: N-OS X-tasy!
Date: August 29, 2022 08:05PM
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gadje
can I choose a single day instead of a whole decade?


Except he isn't... yet.



It is what it is.
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Re: The best decade
Posted by: mrbigstuff
Date: August 29, 2022 08:16PM
I always felt like I missed out on the 60s, and wanted the chance to experience that decade. A friend and I in junior high wished that we could recreate that decade by just wishing it so.



Hurts like a bastid...
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Re: The best decade
Posted by: $tevie
Date: August 29, 2022 09:44PM
Some were better for some things, others were better for other things.

I'm going with the 1940s because the clothes were great, the movies were fun, jazz was everywhere, and the economy was on the mend. This assumes that I am white in the 1940s.



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Re: The best decade
Posted by: davester
Date: August 29, 2022 10:37PM
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vision63
I'm gonna give it to the 60's. Our country grew up in some incredibly important ways. 1963/4 alone brought revolutionary codification of American justice to a precipice.

Ditto. Also, the attitude of youth was acceptance and love, not the cynicism we have today. Just watch the Woodstock documentary and you will get it. Oh, also, the 1960s culturally lasted from about 1963 until about 1973.



"In science it often happens that scientists say, 'You know that's a really good argument; my position is mistaken,' and then they would actually change their minds and you never hear that old view from them again. They really do it. It doesn't happen as often as it should, because scientists are human and change is sometimes painful. But it happens every day. I cannot recall the last time something like that happened in politics or religion." (1987) -- Carl Sagan
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Re: The best decade
Posted by: DeusxMac
Date: August 30, 2022 08:41AM
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$tevie
Some were better for some things, others were better for other things.

I'm going with the 1940s because the clothes were great, the movies were fun, jazz was everywhere, and the economy was on the mend. This assumes that I am white in the 1940s.

huh smiley

Perhaps the LATE “1940s”??

”The United States was engaged in [World War II] from between 1941 (after the bombing of Pearl Harbor) through 1945 (after the surrender of the Japanese).”

- 419,400 deaths

- Families were issued ration stamps that were used to buy their allotment of everything from meat, sugar, fat, butter, vegetables and fruit to gas, tires, clothing and fuel oil.

- The [negative] Impact of Economic Reforms on the United States during World War II
- Reduction of New Deal Funding
- Increase in the United States Federal Deficit
- Increase in American Poverty
- Rise of the American Corporation
- Introduction of the United States Personal Income Tax




[www.worldwar2facts.org]
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Re: The best decade
Posted by: vision63
Date: August 30, 2022 12:14PM
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$tevie
Some were better for some things, others were better for other things.

I'm going with the 1940s because the clothes were great, the movies were fun, jazz was everywhere, and the economy was on the mend. This assumes that I am white in the 1940s.

Most Black people's lives (and other minorities) weren't miserable then. My family enjoyed their lives in the 40's. They understood the limitations of segregation and thrived anyway (not everybody of course). The stories my parents and grandparents told were incredible.

They love where they lived in the south, but there just wasn't great opportunity there so they moved north and west. Many of them returned to their home towns in the south when they retired. Growing up, the adults all called it "back home" when they referred to it.

I would love to see a depiction of Black historical success in the south. Not just Black misery. How wiley and clever Black people were. So many young Black people just don't know how amazing their grandparents and great grandparents were and what they accomplished and how they made the most of a difficult situation.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 08/30/2022 12:15PM by vision63.
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Re: The best decade
Posted by: Acer
Date: August 30, 2022 01:06PM
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vision63
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$tevie
Some were better for some things, others were better for other things.

I'm going with the 1940s because the clothes were great, the movies were fun, jazz was everywhere, and the economy was on the mend. This assumes that I am white in the 1940s.

Most Black people's lives (and other minorities) weren't miserable then. My family enjoyed their lives in the 40's. They understood the limitations of segregation and thrived anyway (not everybody of course). The stories my parents and grandparents told were incredible.

They love where they lived in the south, but there just wasn't great opportunity there so they moved north and west. Many of them returned to their home towns in the south when they retired. Growing up, the adults all called it "back home" when they referred to it.

I would love to see a depiction of Black historical success in the south. Not just Black misery. How wiley and clever Black people were. So many young Black people just don't know how amazing their grandparents and great grandparents were and what they accomplished and how they made the most of a difficult situation.

Isolated communities, whether naturally by geography or forced upon them by politics, have created some of the most amazing cultural identities. I was pondering this just this weekend while watching a live program of eastern European traditional dance and song. Preserved, perhaps, but no longer growing.
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Re: The best decade
Posted by: RgrF
Date: August 30, 2022 01:54PM
One of the things military conscription did was bring these diverse, disconnected communities and cultures in contact with one other.
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Re: The best decade
Posted by: TheCaber
Date: August 30, 2022 06:21PM
Any decade without *45 in it.



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Re: The best decade
Posted by: RgrF
Date: August 30, 2022 07:00PM
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TheCaber
Any decade without *45 in it.

That would eliminate most of the world.

I think the 1960s brought more change than any decade I've lived through.
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