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The Collapse of the Consensus?
American Flag, Robert Mapplethorpe, 1977
Consensus Assumptions
The American free
enterprise system is a
fundamentally just system
which will help the country to
always remain prosperous.
We have unlimited
natural resources.
America can solve or
is already solving all
of its problems.
We have faith in our
leaders and our superior
political institutions.
We must act to stop Communism
and we have the right to do this,
everywhere in the world.
1952
“If you give
me a week,
I might think
of one.”
1960
“The Silent Majority”
1968
“the unblack, the unpoor,
and the unyoung”
The Real Majority, 1970
1968
Watergate
June 17, 1972
“If I walk out of this
office, you know, on this
[expletive] stuff, why, it
would leave a mark on the
American political s...
Voter Turnout
1976, 1980, 1984
Gerald Ford
Jimmy Carter:
An Age of Limits?
“The threat is nearly invisible in ordinary
ways. It is a crisis of confidence…that
strikes at the very heart and soul and...
1979
444 days
444 days
April 24, 1980
The Collapse of
the Consensus?
The American free
enterprise system is
a fundamentally
just system which
will help the country
to always remain
prosperous.
We have
unlimited
natural
resources.
America can solve
or is already solving
all of its problems.
America can solve
or is already solving
all of its problems.
We have faith in
our leaders
and our superior
political institutions.
We have faith in
our leaders
and our superior
political institutions.
We must
act to stop
Communism
and we
have the
right to do this,
everywhere
in the world. April 29, 1975
We must
act to stop
Communism
and we
have the
right to do this,
everywhere
in the world.
1981
“It’s Morning Again in America”
1984
2016
“Meet the new boss. Same as the old boss.”
The Consensus, Rebooted
The Consensus, Rebooted
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The Consensus, Rebooted

Based in part on Godfrey Hodgson's consensus thesis from the book, "America in Our Time"

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The Consensus, Rebooted

  1. 1. The Collapse of the Consensus? American Flag, Robert Mapplethorpe, 1977
  2. 2. Consensus Assumptions
  3. 3. The American free enterprise system is a fundamentally just system which will help the country to always remain prosperous.
  4. 4. We have unlimited natural resources.
  5. 5. America can solve or is already solving all of its problems.
  6. 6. We have faith in our leaders and our superior political institutions.
  7. 7. We must act to stop Communism and we have the right to do this, everywhere in the world.
  8. 8. 1952
  9. 9. “If you give me a week, I might think of one.”
  10. 10. 1960
  11. 11. “The Silent Majority” 1968
  12. 12. “the unblack, the unpoor, and the unyoung” The Real Majority, 1970
  13. 13. 1968
  14. 14. Watergate June 17, 1972
  15. 15. “If I walk out of this office, you know, on this [expletive] stuff, why, it would leave a mark on the American political system.”
  16. 16. Voter Turnout 1976, 1980, 1984
  17. 17. Gerald Ford
  18. 18. Jimmy Carter: An Age of Limits?
  19. 19. “The threat is nearly invisible in ordinary ways. It is a crisis of confidence…that strikes at the very heart and soul and spirit of our national will. We can see this crisis in the growing doubt about the meaning of our own lives and in the loss of a unity of purpose for our nation.”
  20. 20. 1979
  21. 21. 444 days
  22. 22. 444 days
  23. 23. April 24, 1980
  24. 24. The Collapse of the Consensus?
  25. 25. The American free enterprise system is a fundamentally just system which will help the country to always remain prosperous.
  26. 26. We have unlimited natural resources.
  27. 27. America can solve or is already solving all of its problems.
  28. 28. America can solve or is already solving all of its problems.
  29. 29. We have faith in our leaders and our superior political institutions.
  30. 30. We have faith in our leaders and our superior political institutions.
  31. 31. We must act to stop Communism and we have the right to do this, everywhere in the world. April 29, 1975
  32. 32. We must act to stop Communism and we have the right to do this, everywhere in the world.
  33. 33. 1981
  34. 34. “It’s Morning Again in America” 1984
  35. 35. 2016
  36. 36. “Meet the new boss. Same as the old boss.”

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