Segment descriptions
     
Politics & Society in
      20th Century America Series
:
     
Reagan 80s     

         Description: Reagan 80s 1

Sampler
The Reagan 80s   
     
     sampler  3’-33”    (75’ lecture).

What is the enormous effect of the rightward shift of the entire political spectrum, and what is the
psychological impact of the great rapidity of change caused by technology?

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1

The New Right.  Reagan’s political career.  The New Right – image vs. substance.
 

 

2

1980s policy revolution.  –Trickle-down economy, tax cuts for the wealthy.  High degree of deficit spending.  Depicts Russia as menace, increases military budget.
 

 

3

Cuts social spending, balances budget

 

4

Deregulation
 

 

5

Right wing movement tied to religion, AIDS.
 

 

6

Jobs shift overseas.  Agribusiness.  Wages, work hours.
 

 

7

Growing gap between rich and poor.  Re-segregation of cities.
 

 

8

Deregulation and lawlessness of business community.
 

 

9

Rightward political turn continues, becomes the norm.  Changes too rapid as underlying issue.
 

 

10

1990s Republican control.  Privatization.
 

 

11

Religion and politics.  Culture wars.  Abortion, other issues
 

 

12

Progressive issue:  environment.
 

 

13

Historical perspective.  Need for time for historical perspective of current issues.
 

 

14

2000 election issues:  immigration and U.S. role.
 

 

15

Hostility to science, public education, environment, health care.  Competence of leadership – separation of church & state, individual liberty, law vs lawlessness, too powerful government , more.  Future of America:  complacency is a threat.