Were the 50s - 90s some of the greatest decades in human history, in terms of what was accomplished relative to the time frame?
Never before has such a short time period caused such a massive production and output of scientific development, cultural, artistic, and social merit, never before seen.
Just think back to what we as a race accomplished within those 50 years.
Thomas Piketty's Capital.
Basically, the post-World War II boom caused a spike in productivity that will never be equaled until we change an economy to one that doesn't reward death by giving the overall growth of the rate of capital a lower increase than the average return on investment.
flawed methodology, economists that can't make it big on the stock market shouldn't be allowed
>continuous proxy wars that nobody supports
>constant threat of nuclear annihilation
>civil rights movement and feminism
>unsustainable social spending
Sounds like Hell to me, senpai.
Examples of some of the things developed/invented in this period
Mass Air flight
The welfare state/universal healthcare
Popular antibiotics (>Florey and Chain succeeded in purifying the first penicillin, penicillin G, in 1942, but it did not become widely available outside the Allied military before 1945.)
Full understanding of DNA
A reaching argument could be made for the mass adoption of cars too but that kind of started in the most developed countries prior to the 40s.
Just talking about the USA:
>race riots and subsequent white flight
>1968 boomers invading the academia and the media
>crime spiking to unreal levels
>manufacturing industry collapsing, transforming the "industrial belt" into "rust belt" and pretty much the whole midwest becoming a shithole
It was all around shit at least compared to now
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way – in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.
>Just think back to what we as a race accomplished within those 50 years.
The third world growing a factor or two of magnitude over its previous carrying capacity in the span of ~3 generations?
Because enabling that is really coming back to bite the first world in the ass right about now.
It certainly had its ups and downs, but I think the main difference is that demoralization hadn't taken place to the extent it has today. Willpower is not to be underestimated as a driving force of civilization