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The social, political, and economic trends in the 1980s

1. Trends from 1980's social culture
2. Trends from 1980's political culture
3. Trends from 1980's economic culture

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Political Cultural Trends:

The 1980's political culture was based on conservative values that promoted free markets of the economy not governed by programs, not giving government assistance because it will weaken the culture of the society and the building up of society's traditional moral values(Edwards, Lee, 1999). The major representative of this philosophy was President Ronald Reagan. Ronald Reagan was a leader with personal charisma, who reduced the government bureaucracy and had a common touch with the people. His presidency was scripted by experts, who wrote his speeches and policies for him. He used Hollywood images to pronounce his get tough on individuals citizens and to control the Congress. Moreover, conservative people used mailings, emotional voting propoganda and personal contacts to control labor unions.

Furthermore, Reagan promoted the Economic Recovery and Tax Act of 1981 that reduced income tax by 25 percent. He also deregulated government policies that helped with business innovation. On the environmental front, Reagan disliked dealing with environmentalists who he consider limiting industrial growth. As a result, he supported the SAGE Brush rebellion that basically wanted to convert federal conservation land into industries to promote this growth. The political culture was transformed by Reagan to less government, reducing income taxes, and promoting industry. He also reduced the power of organized labor. Reagan's foreign policy centered on halting nuclear weapons with SALT II ...

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