Gestalt for 1961 and 2015
The times they are repeating. The 54 Year cycle can be demonstrated by comparing similar events about 54 years apart. These can be weather events, economic events, or political events like wars. But all of these can create socioeconomic gestalts that can be very similar 54 years apart as well. We use the term atmospherics to describe the tone of a situation without realizing how related to atmospheric changes the situation may actually be.
Then we were in the middle of the Cold War, which has mixed origins but could be defined as beginning with the 1947 National Security Act that created the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and re-titled the Department of War into the Department of Defense. Now the twin towers in New York came down and the so-called War on Terror and the Patriot Act were authorized in 2001, exactly 54 years later. Each could properly be called the defining Foreign Policy issue of its respective time. Then as now, by 1961 and by 2015 each had been normalized into an indefinitely ongoing situation. In 1961, a key benchmark of the Cold War was the erection of the Berlin Wall. In 2014, about 53 and one half years later, a key benchmark in the War on Terror is the rise of the Islamic State, ISIS or ISIL. Then, a key issue was Cuba over which a nuclear war was almost fought because of missiles on that island. Today Iran raises a similar specter over the presence or absence of a nuclear threat.
The other defining issue of its time, then as now, was civil rights. Back then the landmark event was the Supreme Court decision to desegregate the nation’s schools in 1954. Now the big event is the election of a black president in 2008, exactly 54 years later. Then society was divided for more than a decade as the Civil Rights movement was opposed by State’s Rights Southerners. Now the Congress has been divided by the rise of the Tea Party opposition to the first black president, starting with the election of 2010, two years after the black presidential election. Then the Montgomery Bus Boycott began in December 1955 and ended in January1957, essentially 1956, which is about 54 years before 2010. Just as the Montgomery Bus Boycott started one year before the 1956 date and ended January one year after that date, the Tea Party started one year before 2010 and the new elected officials were installed the next January 2011. Then in 1960 Kennedy may have won the presidential election due to his support of black rights. Now Obama may have secured the Hispanic vote for Democrats with his decision not to deport parents of US children. Then the Civil Rights Act of 1964 may have turned the solid South from Democratic to now Republican with completion of the Republican 2014 sweep of all state Governors and US Senators from the 11 former Confederate States. Then the Republican Party was the party of Abraham Lincoln, now the Republican Party is the party of Jefferson Davis, the first and only President of the Confederate States of America. Then Northerners went South to help the Civil Rights Movement, today Southern ideologues have taken over state governments in the North rolling back labor rights and election rights.
Two fifty four year cycles ago, in the Progressive Era, President Theodore Roosevelt got congress to adopt measures mentioned in this Wikipedia quote: “Regulation of railroads was strengthened by the Elkins Act of 1903 and the Hepburn Act of 1906, which curbed the monopolistic power of the railroads.” This led to trust busting to break up the robber barons of the gilded age. Today the top 1% in income has quadrupled their incomes in the last thirty years as of 2007 while the rest of America has had negligible growth in income. This pattern even worsened after the Great Recession up until the present.
In the late sixties, riots seemed to sweep the planet, as the Northern Hemisphere Era of being the hottest hemisphere ended in 1968 and the Southern Hemisphere became the hotter in 1969. The Watts riots happened in 1965 the same year of the Marines being sent to Vietnam and the coldest year in America since Korea to this present day. Then China had its cultural revolution in 1966, followed by riots in France in 1968. Martin Luther King was shot and blacks rioted across America in the spring and the Chicago police riot attacked war protestors that summer. The next year Russia and China almost came to blows with border clashes in 1969. These last events would correspond to 2022 and 2023 in current terms, with a major war breaking out in 2025 in six of 17 cases looking back over a thousand years of history.
Listed here are 56 cyclical events with their historical precedents:
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