Wednesday, June 27, 2012

An Elegant Political Solution to Economic Stagnation: A Living Wage | The New Civil Rights Movement

An Elegant Political Solution to Economic Stagnation: A Living Wage | The New Civil Rights Movement

Polarized Politics, Caiden Cowger, Social Conservatism and the 3 way race for global dominance

In Jeffrey Bell's "The Case for Polarized Politics:  Why America Needs Social Conservatism" (c. 2012, Encounter Books,  New York, London) he depicts the future as consisting of a 3 way race for global dominance between Islam,  the Left (dating back to the Enlightenment)  and the newly formed (circa 1968)  social conservatism.

Bell makes no certain predictions,  but asserts that if social conservatism were to win in the US,  the  European capitulation to the enlightenment's heir,  leftist social progressivism, would cease:   All of Europe might imitate the United States in this trend.

Howe and Strauss had made the same sort of prediction in their epic work,  "The Fourth Turning:  What the Cycles of History tell us about America's Next Renedevous with Destiny" (1997,  Broadway Books,  New York),  albeit in a thinly veiled form.  

As I had stated in my prior post on Caiden Cowger and the rise of a social conservative youth movement,  there is a sort of social conservative awakening of sorts stirring since about 2001- 08.  This is in fact the time period which Howe and Strauss had slated for the "uprising",  termed by them the catalyst of the fourth turning.  

For them,  the constellation of the generations' natural shifting each 80 years (the last one being in the Great Depression WW II era)  inevitably brings about the catalyst and uprising (much as Cowger himself speaks of it) which is to the authors natural,  inevitable,  prophetic, and self-fulfilling.  

It is often said that the youth rebellion of the 1960s (which really had its roots in the bohemian push for individual and civil rights and dated back to the end of the second world war nearly 2 decades earlier) was based on a collective narcissism and delusion of grandeur.  True in its details,  there was yet something in the general scope which was a necessary impetus of the times.  For all  its excesses,  youth has a way of striking a balance by veering off in a direction in which counter balance and compensation arrive automatically.  Saeculum and the end of an era are historical movements,  yet they are also as natural as the cycle of the seasons,  as Howe and Strauss duly note. 

 America's fin de siecle may not be desired but it is needed as a vehicle for change and improvement.

As Howe and Strauss made their list of the ominous and frightening  "signs of the times"  15 years ago -  economic distress,  polarized politics,  uprisings (Tea Party and Occupy movements)  and the breakdown of political discourse  -  it was with a sense of hope that they did so.
It would surely be at our own peril to  deny that in many aspects, things now stand where they indicated.  

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Cowger: Millennial Conservative Rising?

 Caiden Cowger: Conservative Youth Movement Rising?

I think that Caiden Cowger may signify the conservative civic-minded youth uprising predicted by Howe and Strauss.

Howe and Strauss are the illustrious authors of two famous books on American future studies which appeared in the 1990s: "The Fourth Turning" and "Millennials Rising". 

 They predicted that out of the Millennial generation of Americans  -  those born circa 1980 and beyond  -  would  come a crop of youth: Conservative, backlashing against the excesses of the America of their childhood; "Heros";   given to cultural cleansing,  civic minded,  and above all:  With the capacity to enact the greatest evil or the greatest good.   Indeed,  it is too frightening to think that in the last fourth turning,  (these are always global in nature)  it was the Hitler Youth which all recall as signifying this appearance of youth on the scene of disaster.

The signs of a fourth turnig always include these features:

  • Global economic peril.
  • Political crises.
  • Decadent culture which has long been unravelling
  • The shifting of the generations:  i.e.,  Boomers enter midlife and retirement;  Generation X enters late adulthood;  Millennials enter active youth.
  • Criticism of the government,  and calls for change
  • Resentment of minority groups

In the once-a -century crisis deemed the "fourth turning", which is a historical  necessity and which would serve  as a catalyst  for rapid,  momentous, calamatous change in the United States,  the  shifting of the generational cohorts would cause a sudden cultural explosion,   releasing these young lions on the scene.   Is Cowger one of them?

Here is a press release excerpt on Cowger; Howe and Strauss are sited within:

Cowger has been tied to the Tim Todd ministries Truth for Youth program which makes the claim that:

" The Truth for Youth consists of the entire New Testament in the God's Word Translation along with 100 pages of powerful, full color comic stories that present the "absolute truth" about issues that young people are confronted with. . . ".

The list includes what liberals would term LGBTQ rights - among a host of others - but would be deemed as invasive to Christian ideologues.

The conservative youth movement was anticipated by authors Howe and Strauss, who in their late 1990s epic books, "The Fourth Turning" and "Millennials Rising", predicted a youth-driven conservative agenda - consisting of what they called "young hero archetypes " combining civic discourse and backlash against liberalism which the authors claimed would be a major part of change in the United States.

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