Ranking 20th Recent Decades by Problems
The
19th Century Ended with Monarchs in Control of Europe, 
Government Social Responsibility Growing and Increased US Immigration.       

Decade Grade

Terrible 
Events

Bad 
Events

Not Good Events

Rest of the Story

1930-39
1A
Great Depression
Dust Bow
l
 
 
  Keynes wins battle with classical economists
or did he?
1940-49
1B
War II4  

Cold War5

Marshal Plan rebuilds Europe helping U.S economy. Truman Doctrine hopes to contain
fears about communism.
1910-19
3A

WW I4
Flu Pandemic

Measles3

 

Labor Unrest
Red Scare

Progressive Era continues as US slowly accepts social responsibilities including hookworm  parasite elimination which increased southern worker and education productivity.
1960-69
3B

Vietnam War
4 Assassinations
Social Unrest


Cold War
4  

 

 
War and Segregation Turmoil 
dominated the decade.
1950-59
5

Korean War4
Asian Flu

Polio 
Epidemic
3 

Cold War5
Race Turmoil

2 Small Recessions 
Red Scare

Economic Expansion grew the middle class.

2000-09
6

 

Two Wars4
 Recession

Terrorism

Voters accepted Two Tax Cuts and
Medicare D expanded increased federal debt.
1900-09
7A
 

Social Unrest
Sever Recession

Yellow Fever Epidemic3 

Progressivism began a movement away from Oligopoly Power toward Public Social Responsibility.
US Yellow Fever
3 eliminated.
1970-79
7B
Stagflation   Watergate
2 Oil Crises
Iran Hostages
Elderly were Hurt by Inflation 
and an Inadequate Safety Net.

1980-89
9
 

 Recession
AIDS
3  

  Ronald Reagan Cut Taxes. Deregulation Era Begins,  Middle Class Wages Stagnate, Home Equity Loans Replace Home Improvement Loans, Government Debt and Future Liabilities Exploded.
1990-99
10

AIDS3  

    Flat world free trade continues middle class plight. 
1920-29
11
   

Small Post 
WW I Recession

Economy expanded as Wall Street and
Business Helped Rebuild Europe.
2010-14
?
  Great Recession ended Quickly as Government Printed What Could Be Money, Health Care Expanded, Many Already With Government Subsidized Health Insurance2 abhorred changes.

Given Fewer High Problem Decades, Why Are People So Apprehensive. 

Political Economy Controversies
Explores This Question.

1The devastating effects of wars on the human condition make them the most terrible event. The devastating effects of unemployment on the human condition make it the second most terrible event. Prepared by Walter Antoniotti  2Company Paid Tax Free Health Insurance, Medicare Over Budget, Veterans Health Care, Medicaid, Hospital Must Help Uninsured with Cost Paid by Society

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