December 1, 2020
In the next issue of True West (January, 2021) I am going to do my editorial on Seeking Common Ground, with this subhead: When it comes to the future, History is our best guide. And, by that, I mean, we've been here before and the guideposts of history will show us the way out of this current funhouse we find ourselves in.
The good news first: after the 1918 Influenza pandemic ended in 1920, it led almost directly to the Roaring Twenties because everyone in the country was so ready to kick out the jams after all the death and depressing times. You know, bathtub gin, flappers, the Charleston and non-stop parties. So, let's hope in this case that history repeats itself this year. Of course—full disclosure—the Roaring Twenties led to the Crash of 1929 and that led to The Great Depression, so there is that red light looming up ahead.