The Fourth Turning (STRAUSS, HOWE) is apparently Steve Bannon’s political bible. If only his fierce critics who call him an anti-semitic, white-nationalist Nazi would actually do some research before accepting the Media’s character assassination of him, would actually watch his documentary or read this book and see that his philosophy has nothing to do with bigotry and is actually quite beautiful.
His bible is a cool perspective on the meaning of history in regards to time. Many great ancient cultures understood the cyclical nature of time, but our own culture today sees time as a linear progression. This book is a social study of the characteristics of each generation and how we can predict the behavior of the next.
Here are some selected excerpts from Strauss and Howe’s book to sharpen your understanding of Bannon’s worldview:
“We perceive our civic challenge as some vast, insoluble Rubik’s cube. Behind each problem that must be solved first, and behind that lies yet another, and another, ad infinitum. To fix crime we have to fix the family, but before we do that we have to fix welfare, and that means fixing our budget and that means fixing our civic spirit, but we can’t do that without fixing moral standards, and that means fixing schools and churches, and that means fixing the inner cities, and that’s impossible unless we fix crime. There’s no fulcrum on which to rest a policy lever. People of all ages sense that something huge will have to sweep across America before the gloom can be lifted – but that’s an awareness we suppress. As a nation, we’re in deep denial.”
“How can we best bring the primal forces of nature to our assistance?”
“Deep down… we suspect that our history or biology or very humanity must have something simple and important to say to us.”