There was so much beautiful potential for a better world at the start of the 2010s, you could feel the hope in the air.It is interesting when you consider how much times have changed even since OWS. In its original state, OWS tended to avoid using the S-word or the C-words (socialism, capitalism, communism) and instead tended to focus on the much more narrow goal of financial reform. I'm aware that the philosophy of anarchism was indeed a part of it (and of course its own undoing), and that every group on the (very anemic at the time) far left latched onto it, but by and large it was primarily based around goals most Americans supported at the time. Campaign finance reform, re-instate Glass-Steagall, stop home foreclosures, etc. At the time, when I was a Ron Paul lolbertarian (and also a high schooler) I supported it because it was against "crony capitalism". Even the aesthetics tried to embrace a kind of Americanism. Look back at the old ADF videos and it was clear they wanted insane tankies as far away from the spotlight as possible. I'm not saying there weren't a lot of cancerous elements, especially near the end, but in the early days it was a Godsend compared to what we have now.
If OWS happened now, I can only imagine how bad it would be. DSA and Antifa would be given pride and prominence, flag burning would be necessary, property destruction would be rampant, the message would be incredibly divisive. The progressive stack would be ten times as bad. It would be a nightmare.
And it all turned into an absolute fucking nightmare, it breaks my heart.
The '90s ended with the start of the Iraq war.I remember you said that nowadays the "culture" of a decade doesn't really end until sometime after.
When do you think the '90s way ended?