The Continued Resilience of Quiet America
Fifty years ago, the United States was facing crises and unrest on multiple fronts. Some predicted that internal chaos and revolution would unravel the nation. Fifty years later, what are the lessons of the chaotic year 1969 for our similarly schizophrenic age of polarization, civil disunity, and unprecedented wealth and scientific advancement?
America is such a huge and diverse
country, and so abundantly endowed with natural and human resources, that it is
capable of achieving unprecedented scientific, economic and technological
breakthroughs even as its social fabric is tearing apart. And in a rare society
with a free market, constitutional government and individual freedom, people
continue to do amazing things even amid the utter chaos around them.