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The 1980s have been making a comeback -- and the nostalgia goes far beyond shoulder pads or neon heels and big hair. In the U.S., it seems to be about a search for lost identity -- and emotions that are familiar to me as someone who lived through that decade in Moscow. It's hard for me to share Adams's warm feelings for that decade. I spent it on the losing side. Life in the other superpower was increasingly squalid, and the future was murky.
On the conservative site Townhall, Nick Adams recently argued that Donald Trump's success in the presidential race has a distinctly '80s flavor:
"Trump is in many ways the 1980's retro-renaissance man who has come back to save America and restore it to its greatness, by killing political correctness and resurrecting 1980s sentiments and values. Might is right, and America is always right. And he's bringing out all of the 1980's hotshots out of hibernation to Make America Great Again with their last breath. Clint Eastwood, Bruce Willis, Kirstie Alley, Jean Claude Van Damme, Gary Busey, and countless others. It seems they are all coming out of their collective hibernation to support the man who can make America what it once was: great again, just like it was in the 80s."
Many of us wished we'd been in the America that Adams remembers, and many of us ended up there during the following decade. It gives me a certain sense of vindication, then, that the U.S. -- or at least its Republican part -- is being forced to live through a mild reenactment of our 1980s, not its own.
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