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Thoughts on the Best Decade of the Past 100 Years, with Poll!

The other day, I watched a segment on the Daily Show about Conservative pundits asking why couldn't we go back to a "simpler time" where everything was better. This is, of course, a disingenuous question. They're either nostalgic for an America that never existed (or only exists if you idealize the experiences of a specific demographic, ala "Happy Days"), or more likely, they're longing for their childhood. Of course those years seem simpler; they probably didn't have to deal with social/political/economic turmoil that was going on in the adult world (individual results may vary, naturally). For example, the first eight years of my life were in the 60's, and during that time, I thought about playing with my friends and doing my homework, not the Vietnam War, the sexual revolution, and escalating civil-rights struggles.

All this got me to wondering; what was the best decade from the last 100 years? And not in that nostalgic, "Happy Days" sense, but best for the whole picture of economic, social, environmental and political conditions affecting everyone in the US (Yes, this is going to be US-centric, because I don't know enough about world history to really rank decades on a global scale). And the best way to answer such a questions is through a LJ Poll:


Poll #1512175 What's the BEST Decade?

Which decade do you think was the best, where the highest percentage of people in the US were able to live comfortable lives with the least risk of economic hardship, discrimination, impeded upward mobility, environmental hazard, crime, major illness or untimely death?

1910's
0(0.0%)
1920's
0(0.0%)
1930's
0(0.0%)
1940's
0(0.0%)
1950's
0(0.0%)
1960's
0(0.0%)
1970's
0(0.0%)
1980's
1(16.7%)
1990's
4(66.7%)
2000's
1(16.7%)

What decade would be first runner-up?

1910's
0(0.0%)
1920's
0(0.0%)
1930's
0(0.0%)
1940's
0(0.0%)
1950's
1(20.0%)
1960's
0(0.0%)
1970's
0(0.0%)
1980's
1(20.0%)
1990's
2(40.0%)
2000's
1(20.0%)

Bonus Check Boxes!!

Echidna
0(0.0%)
Ice Cream
1(12.5%)
Clicky!!
2(25.0%)
Involuntary Luge
2(25.0%)
I Like Turtles
1(12.5%)
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