Think of this as Volume 17, Number 4 of A-Clue.com, the online newsletter I've written since 1997. Enjoy.
It's the point where the old thesis realizes the jig is up and goes crazy.
If you're of a certain age, like me, you may identify this as the 1973 Game. This was the point where the drug scene shifted decisively away from things like pot and LSD, drugs meant to expand the mind, and toward things like cocaine and heroin, which gave a more immediate, physical rush and had a higher physical cost.
This was where a lot of people decided that dropping out was silly, and that they should get serious about careers. I saw this clearly as I went through college – each successive incoming class was more conservative in outlook than the one before it, more focused on money, family, and personal issues, less focused on society and the wider world.
It was a cynical time, but the Nixon Thesis was a cynical idea to begin with. Watergate does not bother me, does your conscience bother you, tell me true. (I moved south in 1973.)