The 1970’s Revisited

The 1970’s often referred to as the “me decade” is fondly remembered for the music boomers loved including Aerosmith, Deep Purple, Kiss, Queen, Ted Nugent, The Bee Gees (disco version) and Journey while they said goodbye to the Beatles in 1970. Americans could listen to their favorite tunes on a newly invented Sony Walkman. If music wasn’t your thing, you could spend your days at the local arcade playing Space Invaders, Asteroids, Pong, and Breakout.

Films included Star Wars, Annie Hall, Rocky, Jaws, Grease, The Exorcist and One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. Nudity became popular and films were given the first “R” rating as kids of all ages found ways to sneak in to the theaters. The free love revolution from the 60’s continued into the 70’s.

Sex, drugs and rock and roll were the themes. The ranks of those who had tried illegal drugs grew — in 1973, 12% of respondents to a Gallup poll said they had tried marijuana. That number had doubled by 1977.

Yes, good times all right, good times.

But wait. Let’s not forget the decade produced some disastrous effects on society. For those Americans coming to age or older in the 1970’s, today’s climate is eerily similar. Older Americans lived through the tumultuous 70's and they can't believe how history seems to be repeating itself. Let’s explore the similarities:

  • The oil crises. Spikes in gas prices, shortages and long gas lines. You could only fill your car on even or odd days.

  • Crime. By the 1970s, crime and blighted urban areas were a serious cause of concern, New York City being particularly affected. It seemed the “war on poverty” governmental involvement resulted in a permanent underclass. Crime skyrocketed in most major cities.

  • War in the Middle East. Egypt and Syria attacked Israel and conflict erupted all over the Middle East driven by the Lebanese civil war and the PLO. The “Munich Massacre” occurred at the 1972 Summer Olympics and 11 Israeli athletes were murdered.

  • Economic crises. The average inflation rate was 7.06%, and topped out at 13.29% in December 1979. This period is also known for "stagflation", a phenomenon in which inflation and unemployment steadily increased. It led to double-digit interest rates that rose to unprecedented levels (above 12% per year). You heard of older Americans on fixed incomes having to eat cat food to pay rents and mortgages. Many were forced out of their homes due to inflated property taxes.

Yes, good times all right, good times.

It seems as if the current administration is waxing poetic for the good old days of the 70’s. Their policies are setting up repeats including an oil crisis, high crime, Middle East war and runaway inflation. It’s time for those Americans who can remember past the free love and bong hits to stand up and be heard.

We must rally around the words sang by the rock band The Who “we won’t be fooled again!” has your back. We will speak truth to power and challenge political correctness and doublespeak. Please consider subscribing. You can also find us at

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