7 Signs America Has Regressed Back To the Harsh, Cruel 19th Century

We think we’re in the 21st century, but all the signs suggest we’re living in an earlier and harsher era.

"Of course they shut the Federal government down. Tea Party Republicans long for the days when there were no government authorities to enforce laws and restrain the power of unchecked wealth, the days when there was no Justice Department, no SEC, no other agencies protecting Americans from the misdeeds of bankers and corporate titans.


"But it already seems as if our entire country has secretly been transported back in time. We may think we’re living in the 21st century, but all the signs suggest we’re living in an earlier and harsher era.

Here are nine signs the United States of America has returned to the 19th century."

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A dying culture invariably exhibits personal rudeness. Bad manners. Lack of consideration for others in minor matters. A loss of politeness, of gentle manners, is more significant than is a riot...
-- Robert A. Heinlein, from his novel, Friday

Loren, these cultural events appear very much like when the JP Morgans and all those tyrants trying to maintain the status quo, or when Rome collapsed from the inside ... "is more significant than is a riot".

Joan, what scares me is that, if this business of the rich arrogating more and more wealth to themselves keeps up, we're going to have the modern-day equivalent of what happened in France in the late 18th century happening RIGHT HERE.

Joan you did it again.  If I had a hat it would be off to you.

You post the best links.

Thanks for the article, Joan. Too true, unfortunately. :(

Interesting article.  It does look like our times are more harsh than we want, and more harsh than we deserve.

Fortunately, we don't have race slavery.  One could add "yet" or "literally", but those qualifiers belittle the actual experience of race slavery.  During the first half of the 19th century, slaves were bought and sold.  During the second half, Jim Crow was far more than just inferior living conditions, education, lack of vote, and separate/unequal facilities -thousands were arrested for no reason, sold into work camps, and wo...  That is the origin of US Steel, and a significant part of US manufacturing infrastructure.

During the 19th century, women could not vote, and were generally the property of their fathers and husbands.  Certainly, almost no women doctors - now about half of new MD graduates are women.  There was no reproductive independence.   Now it's not what it could be, but a great deal better than the 1800s.

We have a number of states with marriage equality.  That's an unthinkable concept for the 19th century.  Same sex sexuality is legal in all 50 states.

Life expectancy did not reach 49 until about 1900.  Now life expectancy for a newborn is about 78 years.

I could go on.  We certainly do have a harsher world in the US than we hoped for 30 years ago.  We also have big brother and big sister watching in ways unimaginable.  But I'm also grateful for the amazing progress of the last couple of centuries.

Thank you Joan for linking to the article.  Interesting reading.

And over here they are trying to follow the bad example.

The economic principles are introduced in the health care system. It means that research into rare diseases will be judged for what it will bring in moneywise. Health insurance companies announced (in small print) that very expensive medicines are no longer covered by insurance. When people realized that in that case Pompe and Fabri patients will die within a year or so, there was enough protest to reverse that rule. But I keep thinking of what they'll do next.




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