White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon is captivated by the book. The former filmmaker is also the former executive editor of the ultra-conservative Breitbart News. In 2010, he produced the documentary Generation Zero, which highlights the source of today’s ongoing economic nightmares for Generations X, Y (Millennials), and Z. It was largely inspired by Strauss and Howe’s generational theory. This past February, Business Insider dismissed the theory as “dark” after learning about Bannon’s obsession with it.
We live in an increasingly volatile and primal era, in which history is speeding up and liberal democracy is weakening. As Vladimir Lenin wrote, ‘In some decades, nothing happens; in some weeks, decades happen.’ Get ready for the creative destruction of public institutions, something every society periodically requires to clear out what is obsolete, ossified and dysfunctional — and to tilt the playing field of wealth and power away from the old and back to the young. Forests need periodic fires; rivers need periodic floods. Societies, too. That’s the price we must pay for a new golden age.”
The article briefly outlines the four cycles including the Crisis era we’re in now and the High era, which will begin around 2030. It is during this era that most Gen-Xers will grow old and die. He writes this about that glorious time:
Young families will rejoice, fertility will rebound, economic equality will rise, a new middle class will emerge, public investment will grow into a new 21st-century infrastructure, and ordered prosperity will recommence.”
My kids have so much to look forward to and this is the best news ever for the child-focused Generation X. But, first, we all must survive the ultimate emerging crisis: World War III, which Howe warns of in the editorial.
Have you read The Fourth Turning? What did you think?