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Old 09-07-2016, 09:33 AM
 
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TBH I went to college in a place that felt very 1960s to me- that was when the majority of the construction in the neighboring city was built. It had a very "small town" vibe but was also a very wealthy town- so that meant that there was hardly any crime and the students didn't have to worry about locking our doors.

I gotta say, I absolutely LOVED it. To me it was amazing.

I don't know whether the reality of life would have not been so charming had I lived back then. Considering I read books written up until the early 90s and am kind of appalled by the everyday sexism that people had internalized. I like that now women have a choice of what they want to do- stay home or work, stay single or get married, etc. And I don't think that would be worth a trade.

BUT it does seem like a truly beautiful, very safe-feeling existence.
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Old 09-07-2016, 03:59 PM
 
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I would have rather lived in the 50's but thats just me.
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Old 09-07-2016, 06:23 PM
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Location: Foot of the Rockies
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There was no polio vaccine until 1955. Parents lived in fear every summer that their kid would get polio. The biggest epidemic in the US was in 1952. Measles vaccine didn't come out until 1963. Before that, 450-500 kids died from measles every year! There was a big rubella (German measles) epidemic in 1964-65, before the rubella vaccine. It caused 12.5 MILLION cases of rubella, with 20,000 cases of congenital rubella syndrome, which causes birth defects. Vaccine came along in 1969. Mumps vaccine was 1967. Medicine was still pretty primitive then.
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Old 09-08-2016, 07:22 AM
 
Location: East Coast of the United States
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There was no polio vaccine until 1955. Parents lived in fear every summer that their kid would get polio. The biggest epidemic in the US was in 1952. Measles vaccine didn't come out until 1963. Before that, 450-500 kids died from measles every year! There was a big rubella (German measles) epidemic in 1964-65, before the rubella vaccine. It caused 12.5 MILLION cases of rubella, with 20,000 cases of congenital rubella syndrome, which causes birth defects. Vaccine came along in 1969. Mumps vaccine was 1967. Medicine was still pretty primitive then.
Look, this is the point:

Life was simply BETTER when white, heterosexual Christian males ruled the world and everyone else who didn't fall in that category knew their place. Any arguments to the contrary are automatically null and void.

Let's not kid ourselves about this, shall we? :-)
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Old 09-08-2016, 08:40 AM
 
Location: South Beach and DT Raleigh
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Look, this is the point:

Life was simply BETTER when white, heterosexual Christian males ruled the world and everyone else who didn't fall in that category knew their place. Any arguments to the contrary are automatically null and void.

Let's not kid ourselves about this, shall we? :-)
This is a joke, right? Please tell me that this is sarcastic and I'm just not seeing it.
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Old 09-08-2016, 08:42 AM
 
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This is a joke, right? Please tell me that this is sarcastic and I'm just not seeing it.
I'm 98.7% sure it is sarcasm.
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Old 09-08-2016, 08:59 AM
 
Location: South Beach and DT Raleigh
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I think that there is definitely things that can be taken from each era while discarding other things.
During the socialist 50s and 60s when top tax rates were extremely high, unions were powerful, jobs were secure, pensions were funded, employers provided healthcare, everyone was a full time employee and public college tuition was in the "free to affordable" zone (oh the horror of it all! ), the daily lives and financial security of the average Joe citizen was much better than it is today. Unfortunately for that era, being the average Joe citizen was to the exclusion of racial and ethnic minorities, women and gays & lesbians in particular.
Today our top tax rates are near historical lows, unions are all but destroyed, jobs are insecure, college affordability is oftentimes out of reach, more people are working on contract, healthcare is more expensive, and practically nobody has pensions waiting for them when they retire. While our laws have expanded the rights and given more dignity to the previously oppressed, our system shifts our oppression to the non-rich in the name of "freedom". We are now a country of winners and losers and the "losers" oftentimes fall along some of the same lines of oppression from the past. Yes, much progress has been made in human rights for women and all minority groups but economic insecurity now disproportionately affects them.

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Old 09-10-2016, 08:48 PM
 
Location: Rochester NY
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Overall quality of life was hands down better in the 50s IMO. Peoples values, morals, and ethics are disgusting these days. I was definitely born in the wrong time period.
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Old 01-14-2017, 07:44 PM
 
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The 50s and 60s were a time of urban decline. Ice cream, coffee, beer, and wine were terrible. Many of the basic cuisines of life were nonexistent or nearly so outside of a few places in the US. The constant entertainment and immediacy of information we've grown accustomed to didn't exist. Transit was much worse, aside from intercity rail. Urban waterfronts were needed for industry rather than enjoyment, or vacant. Immigration had been low for more than a generation. A flight overseas was like buying a car. People worried about the global nuclear armageddon vs. today's worries about local terrorism.

I'll take today, thank you.

I'm somewhat influenced by living in a city that's among the "winners" these days.
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Old 01-16-2017, 05:13 AM
 
Location: Arizona
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For me personally, I think my advanced education has done the most to improve my QOL. The educational opportunities that I've been able to take advantage of today would not have been available to me in the 50s and 60s due to the color of my skin. I was not alive in that era but I'm 100% certain that my current QOL in the present far exceeds any life I would've had from that time period.
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