posted on Jul, 27 2011 @ 02:04 AM
Heard this on the radio today....was simply in awe by what I heard. It was a passage from a book called "The Fourth Turning."
Here is a brief description of the book that I pulled from Amazon:
The Fourth Turning continues the project of mapping out the place of generations in history, a project begun in the authors' earlier books Generations
and 13th Gen. If millennial fever takes hold, The Fourth Turning may be only the first of an impending wave of pseudo-scholarly tracts prognosticating
future (but imminent!) doom as we collectively close the books on this millennium. Those expecting a serious or dry tome might be put off by the
authors' taste for bulleted text and catchy phrasings, but can you blame these guys for wanting to make impending peril as exciting as possible? After
all, they think we are headed toward "events on par with the Revolution, the Civil War, or World War II" in the next 20 years. Mixing solid
understanding of present generational divisions, with some fairly broad generalizations, Strauss and Howe promise to move from history to prophecy.
I have not read this book, but after what I heard today...I am going to pick it up.
This is the piece I heard from the book today on the radio:
An impasse over the federal budget reaches a stalemate. The president and Congress both refuse to back down, triggering a near-total government
shutdown. The president declares emergency powers. Congress rescinds his authority. Dollar and bond prices plummet. The president threatens to stop
Social Security checks. Congress refuses to raise the debt ceiling. Default looms. Wall Street panics.
UNBELIEVABLE! This book was written in 1996! It looks like the current news headlines. Has anyone on ATS read this book? Apparently each turning
is a generational cycle, with the end resulting in war.
Currently reading a summary of the book, very interesting. Again, just wanted to share.
Here is a link with more info:
Here are the 4 different turnings:
The four generations are as follows:
The Hero Generation. Like America's G.I. generation, these are the young men and women that fight in a crisis period. After the crisis ends, they
become society's powerful civic leaders who build new institutions that promote social order and productive activity. They become hubristic, and in
their elder years, they're attacked politically by their children in the Prophet generation.
The Artist Generation. Like America's Silent generation, they grow up as children during the crisis period, come of age as sensitive young adults, and
grow old becoming indecisive but empathetic leaders.
The Prophet Generation. Like America's Baby Boomers, they're born after the crisis period, and grow up in the glow of success. In the case of the
Boomers, they grew up at a time when America had beaten the Nazis and had beaten the Depression. The Prophets grow up into narcissistic adults who
challenge the authority of their parents, the Heroes. In midlife they become moralistic, and end up as the wise elders leading the society into a new
The Nomad Generation. These people grow up in the shadow the Prophets, and don't get along with them very well. They become alienated young adults,
with a high incidence of crime and drug abuse, but mellow into pragmatic midlife leaders during a crisis period.
edit on 27-7-2011 by David9176 because: (no reason given)