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October 26, 2007



I think one small flaw in your theory that 1970 was some sort of high-water mark for liberalism, followed by the "the Conservative Rollback, ushered in by the election of Richard Nixon", is that Nixon had been President for 2 years at that point & was re-elected in 1972.


Hm! I'm fairly sure this record was sampled on the opening to Meat Beat Manifesto's track "Handkerchief Head".


What surprises me is that "Western Electric" produced this record.
For those who never heard of Western Electric, it was the manufacturing arm of AT&T before the breakup (demise) in 1984.
I worked for Western Electric for 17 years and had to learn " Ebonics" as the company hired many "people of color" in it's work force as a result of the government's EEOC (and tax credits for hiring minorities).
Maybe AT&T felt threatened by Ebonics coming into their "Blue Chip" board rooms as well, and decided to educate these "peoples"!

Rick Ele

First a Sacto skate video and now a Soriano sighting here? I'm gonna hafta start checking here daily to find out what's cool in my own city.


This amazing record is sampled in length by the great Theo Parrish on the equally amazing track "Ebonics", on the "Pieces of a Paradox" vinyl EP (Sound Signature 004, 1998). Fantastic.


I completely agree with the analysis that liberalism reached a high point in the 1970's, and that there was a rollback afterwards. Nixon was the early beginning of the rollback, but honestly, Nixon was much more liberal than the other Republican presidents who came after him (except for Gerald Ford). Just one example - the Nixon administration vigorously pursued environmental legislation, which recent Republican presidents have been trying to reverse.

Yes, Nixon was re-elected in 1972, and then he resigned in 1974 (I'll never forget where I was on that day). Also, if you recall, there was another Democratic president named Jimmy Carter from 1976-1980, who was also quite liberal (can you imagine amnesty for draft dodgers today?). So, I'd have to say that liberalism had started to level off in 1970, and that the rollback started in earnest in 1980 when Reagan was elected.

When Reagan was campaigning, it used to floor me when he would say things like "liberals have been running the government agenda for the past 20 years" - I figured he must have slept through the Nixon-Ford administrations.

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