Why is there so much nostalgia for the 1950s in White America? Why does this folk memory of pre-Obama America haunt the Progressive movement?
The answer: in almost every conceivable way, particularly in regard to cultural issues, life was better for the ordinary White American than it is now.
1.) Divorce wasn’t as common.
2.) There was less sexual promiscuity.
3.) Families were stronger.
4.) Sexual mores were not as coarse. Men and women were expected to be ladies and gentlemen.
5.) Children were not as insolent.
6.) Men had more control over their families.
7.) Men and women dressed better.
8.) Vulgarity was less common.
9.) There was far less expressive individualism.
10.) Families saved more.
11.) Families were more self-reliant.
13.) Kinship networks were stronger.
14.) Homosexuals were in the closet.
15.) America was almost 90% White.
16.) The schools were segregated: White teenagers were less exposed to drugs, violence, vulgarity, sexual promiscuity, all of which were problems that used to be associated with the black community.
17.) Test scores were higher.
18.) The rate of technological advancement was much higher.
19.) There was far greater income mobility. Compare the 1950s to the 2000s, otherwise known as the “Lost Decade.”
20.) Taxes were lower.
21.) Churches were stronger. Ethnic identities were stronger. White racial attitudes were much stronger. Communities were far stronger and more tight nit.
22.) There was no affirmative action.
23.) There was no massive third world immigration.
24.) The federal government was willing to stop illegal immigration. See Operation Wetback.
25.) Multiculturalism did not exist.
26.) Feminism had not yet caught on.
27.) Jews were far less wealthy and powerful.
28.) Public places were still segregated: restaurants, theaters, and hotels were cleaner, public places were not full of loud, uncouth, annoying black people loitering around. Whites had public swimming pools and all kinds of public amenities that have ceased to exist because of racial integration.
29.) Interracial marriage was outlawed in every Southern state. There was far less miscegenation. Miscegenation was heavily social taboo; the exact opposite of the ideal that exists today.
30.) There was less celebrity worship and idolization of sports heroes. Traditional American heroes like Lee and Stonewall had a much greater following.
31.) In the South, there was an elaborate code of racial etiquette. Blacks wouldn’t so much as look as a White woman. Blacks referred to Whites with terms like “sir” and “miss” and “boss.”
When a White man walked down a sidewalk, Blacks were expected to tip their hats and say hello. Can you imagine that happening today?
32.) Unions were stronger.
33.) There was more “authentic culture” in America. In the South, there was a much stronger regional identity. Southerners ate real Southern cuisine, not the slop that is served today at fast food restaurants.
34.) Obesity was much lower.
35.) Men and women didn’t disfigure their bodies with tattoos and piercings.
36.) Elaborate specialized genres of pornography did not yet exist.
37.) There was no cult of diversity. No one saw whiteness as a problem.
38.) Blacks were not crammed together in housing projects.
39.) There was no rap music. There was more folk music.
40.) America was still a “White Man’s Country.”
41.) The idea that America is a “nation of immigrants” didn’t have much currency.
42.) America was the world’s leading industrialized nation.
43.) Gas was ridiculously cheap.
44.) American culture was so healthy that it was mocked as square.
45.) Crime was lower. Americans were safer in their homes.
White Nationalists shouldn’t romanticize the 1950s. All the trends that have wrecked so much havoc in American culture were present in embryonic form back then. Underneath the facade of a thriving country, cultural termites were steadily undermining the foundation.
Jews were growing in wealth and entering the universities. The Supreme Court was attacking segregation. McDonald’s was opening its doors. Celebrities like Elvis and Marilyn Monroe were trailblazing pop culture.
Martin Luther King was launching his bus boycott. America was entangled in NATO and fighting a war in Korea. Hollywood was producing degenerate films. The beatniks were changing American culture. Playboy magazine was founded.
Relatively speaking, the 1950s were superior to our own times. It was cultural highwater mark of White America. The only argument of any merit against nostalgia is that technology was less advanced.
The advances in science and technology that have been made since the 1950s had nothing whatsoever to do with the cultural changes that have followed since then. They would have happened anyway. If anything is true, America would probably be wealthier and more advanced without them.
In the 1950s, Americans were almost drunk on cultural optimism. Everyone expected life to get better. There was a widespread belief that America could do anything.
Today, the opposite is true.
The majority of Americans believe their children and grandchildren will be worse off than themselves. Most Americans believe their country is in terminal decline. Polls show again and again that Americans believe their nation is “on the wrong track.” More Americans hate the federal government and see it as a threat to their rights.
White Americans want to “take their country back.” They yearn for the White America that used to exist. This is the nation that is withering and dying under the impact of Progressive social policies. Until those policies are rejected as identified as the cause of social decline, America’s national and cultural deterioration will continue.
Conclusion: If you are a White male, given the opportunity, you would be a fool not to hit the reset button on America.