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And so the wheel turns

June 14, 2010

For todays last post, I wanted to share a seminal piece of writing, from an author I’ve long admired for his articulate and passionate style of writing. That he is well in-formed is a forgone conclusion.

I read him on a web-site, Zero-Hedge, that got me to start writing here. The why’s and how’s I’ll leave for another day. In fact, some Zero-Hedgers coming here via ZH must already have read it.

The article speaks of the decline and fall of America over the past century within the context of another seminal work, called The Fourth Turning, by Strauss and Howe. In the book, they chart the rise and fall of any great nation or civilization through four great periods, much like and very analogous to the four seasons.

And their contention, as well as that of James Quinn, the author of the article below, is that America, and therefore all of us, are now deep in the throes of the fourth turning, the coming of a socio-political winter.

I’m paraphrasing and probably not too well, so will leave it at that and let you form your own judgement. Suffice to say that in this fractal, deeply entwined world we live in, America’s story is all of our collective story, with changes only in cast of characters, amplitude of the drama and the time frame, which by the way is getting increasingly compressed.

The fourth turning is visible all around me in India and it is a tragic sight to behold.

The article. Feel free to comment back here if you feel so called.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. DanWyns permalink
    June 14, 2010 5:47 pm

    Doom & gloom pieces are a dime a dozen, as are links to Zero Hedge.

    I’m over it. Eager to turn the page.

    • June 15, 2010 2:25 am

      I agree Dan. But many people, I can say that for sure in India, have not read such a perspective. I intend to post mostly original thoughts, but sometimes, a well written word needs sharing. I have neither the perspective, nor the patience to pull it all together like Mr. Quinn and that specific article is a good spice to this mix I’m unfolding here.

      A dab here a stroke there. Soon the bigger picture will unfold.

  2. June 13, 2011 3:53 am

    For me, Fourth Turning —-> —-> ZeroHedge —->

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