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Yet another mid-70s inflection point

This one looks like throwing a switch. It really does seem to me that in the mid-70s the elites decided to disinvest from the United States. That was when I entered the labor force and now, a decade or so before I leave it (touch wood) the chickens are coming home to roost. It's not just our physical infrastructure that's falling apart, is it?

Who would have thought the elites hated us so much....

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V. Arnold's picture
Submitted by V. Arnold on

Lambert; Who would have thought the elites hated us so much....

I don't think it's hate, but rather contempt. They are not elites (I bloody hate that term), but rather, low life scum, who, with no moral rudder, have captured other low life scum, in the form of elected (I choke on this term) representatives, and have left for international shores where they can buy anything they want.
No longer being a nation of laws; the rich get what is their wont.
And we, impotent cowards (normal citizens), can't/won't even use the last vestige of democracy (the vote) to change, genuinely change, the corrupt bastards who "RULE" us.
We're property; serfs, vassals, slaves to wages. For a U.S. citizen, there is no place on earth you can go to escape the power and control of the U.S. government.
Fucking think about that! It's true! They own you everywhere; there is no escape short of renouncing citizenship...
Okay, rant done...

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Submitted by V. Arnold on

There is a case to made for that. Curtis' new movie Bitter Lake indicates that was a game changer.
But he screws up when he says Egypt attacked Israel in '67.

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Submitted by Cujo359 on

I don't recall where I read this, but I remember reading that the share of the federal research budget that's dedicated to defense and intelligence has risen considerably over that time. This would tend to make whatever research is done less useful, since it tends to be less widely published, and it's oriented toward mayhem and spying. This trend doesn't bode well, either.

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Submitted by Cujo359 on

This chart from the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) suggests a more mixed record. Looks like GOP administrations like to throw money at defense research. Democratic administrations, not so much. Non-defense research budgets haven't recovered from the Reagan era of selective fiscal responsibility.

Here's the AAAS R&D data page.

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