What made post-war America (late 40's through the early 60's) so much better than now? Crime was lower, standard of living was higher, Americans had more money, etc.
Can this also be a post-war America pictures thread?
Imagine how fat and slobbish everybody probably looks on this beach nowadays.
well that the US was pretty much the only industrialized nation left unscathed probably helped the economy.
other than that, social fabric was probably more intact.
a country united under one goal, ideology and god
Enormous government spending. WW2 is essentially what pulled the US out of the depression. After the war, with Europe and Japans industries all fucked up, the US was the primary manufacturer for many goods for quite a while. This brought jobs, and prosperity. During times of great prosperity, the crime rate goes down.
People can find jobs and are less likely to turn to crime to support themselves.
I never would have noticed that had you not pointed it out, but now that I see it, it's pretty amazing.
You're correct, I'm not American and fucked up the dates, although the Mexicans did have border disputes with America around their own civil war/revolution. There were threats of getting Mexico to join the war against America, but that was never serious.
Point stands, America walked away from both great wars without a single foreign troop on their land. Meanwhile Germany was fucked, France was fucked, Italy still is fucked, Britain was vicariously fucked and no one was dealing with the Russians. Zero competition plus war bonds means America completely dominated the world economy and that effect is still being felt today.
Don't get me wrong though, better the yanks than the chinks. A China dominated west Pacific is not in my best interest, these people typically have a low opinion of whites.
Otherwise, keep believing the fading cries of American baby boomers screaming "we're number one!"
it really makes the difference in my mind, when gum accumulates it really gives a place a run down, neglected feeling. not like detroit run down, but it's almost like a lack of respect for authority. not that government is the greatest or anything...
I like the pictures though, keep posting em! I've never seen pictures from the 50s in color. It entirely changes my perspective about the era. It makes it feel so much alive and immediate. I liked black and white photos but the color is really spectacular for getting a feel for the era too. Tells you that much more about the fashion, styles and preferences of people of the time
Well at least they didn't have breadlines... oh wait.
>you will never be a cool fifties guy that knows his way around a car
>Crime was lower
Crime is lower today per 100k than it was in the 50's. Crime is actually at an all time low in terms of percentages, it's just hard to notice because our population is so much bigger.
>Standard of Living was Higher
People made far less money in the post-war period than today. It only seems like they had a higher standard of living when you compare it with the pre-war years. Also, the vast majority of post-war families actually had MORE debt compared to income than today.
More total money as a percentage of world share, but people got less of a cut than they do today. Seriously, most people in the post-war period were not rolling in dough, they just took out shit tons of loans in order to make it seem so.
We are better off today than people in the post-war period, it just doesn't seem like it because people have a tendency to focus on the negatives and broken parts of out civil systems rather than how well shit actually works. Not saying life in the US is perfect, but it is better than it was.
I also can't be assed to find sources so take all this with a spoon of salt.
>you will never have wild, drug-fueled parties at your LA house with movie stars during the golden age of Hollywood
black people have a low birthrate actually, less than whites
its more like mexicunts are going to overtake us because they all fucking have anchor babies and shit like that
but by 2018?
no fucking way, whites still make up 72% of the country, we don't have THAT many hispanics
Hispanics aren't counted as a separate race on the census. Whites are just divided into non-hispanic and hispanic white. We're 63% non-hispanic white currently but to be fair a large amount of hispanics are upwards of 80% white and they will be completely absorbed into the white population in a few generations.
America is going through a demographic shift , but it's not as drastic as the figures might suggest. African-Americans, for example, generally have 20-30% European admixture, whereas vice-versa it could not be further from the truth, besides white americans generally have extremely small traces of Native blood.
Actually. Statistics show that crime, wealth per capita, life expectancy, and quality of life has never been better for most of humanity including Americans then now. The reason post-war America has the reputation as the golden age of the country is because relative to the rest of the world this was America's height.
The rest of the developed world was absolutely decimated from the war and other nations were to poor to compare to us. We were at our absolute height in relative power. Before the soviet union stole our nukes we could have done whatever we wanted and no one could have realistically stopped us.
This is true, you can't tell most mexicans apart from whites
until you fucking hear them speaking goddamn spanish
but i digress, what you say is true, most mexicans will just breed out the "brown" eventually
what I think will happen, is that for the next 20 years or so, we will have alot of hispanics, but then 20 years from then it will go back to whites simply because they will essentially breed out the hispanic
blacks don't really increase or decrease their birthrate is practically 1-1
asians i am unsure of
>This is true, you can't tell most mexicans apart from whites
False as fuck. I'm from a majority hispanic state and this is just plain false.
Most hispanics are swarthy and brown because they are mestizos. White mexicans are much less.
If anything it's the complete opposite. Even in Mexico, the white population is declining and starting and more breeding with mestizos is starting to occur.
Yes. The tall white mexicans have no reason to come to the usa, in general. Here in NC the mexicans might as well have flashing lights in their foreheads they are so easy to identify, because we only get the peasant stock - short, wide, and dark.
>actually had MORE debt compared to income than today
/r/ing source on this.
I agree more or less with everything else you posted, but I'm not sure about that at all.
Also, people had less money, but a lot more purchasing power, and lets not even talk about social mobility.
source on that?
Oh thats right, you're just rewriting what you read in /pol/ without an ounce of critical thought.
Maybe you should entertain reading books and form your own personal opinion about stuff instead of being a mindless drone
>The homicide rate in 1950 was 4.6 per 100,000. In 2013 it was 4.5 per 100,000. Shit just got real bad around the 80's. It's getting better all the time, though.
No matter how many times this statistic is repeated, the dystopia meme won't die.
Funnily enough I believe as soon as the baby boomers started to hit the scene we truly stopped being number one. But honestly American Expectionalism goes way back. And seeing the sorry state of things I could never believe something like that anyway.
>black people have a low birthrate actually, less than whites
Not they dont
They barely can maintain themselves
See the estimates, they will never reach 15% of the population, at least until 2070
Currently they are at 13%
Higher taxes, bigger government, stronger unions and lax credit. Crime is lower now though and standards of living are comparable. It's just now the "other" poorer America is much more visible than it used to be.