Apocalypse Then and Now
"Yes, things are bad, but 1968 was worse." To put a brave face on the country's current state of affairs, observers often invoke 1968. It offers comfort as a touchstone for measuring political and cultural turmoil: if we could get through 1968, we can get through today, even if today seems like an undeclared civil war.
But increasingly you're beginning to hear, "It's even worse now than 1968." Even worse than the deadliest year for Americans in Vietnam? Even worse than the assassinations, barely two months apart, of Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy? Surely the peaceful women's marches of today, though frequent and large, can't be compared to the violent antiwar protests of 1968?