On June 22, 1945, seventy-five years ago, Supreme Allied Commander General Dwight D. Eisenhower returned home to Abilene, Kansas. He received a monumental welcome, in every sense.
The media Covid-19 focus continues, even as we begin to reopen and return to a more normal existence. To provide context, media talking heads often mention the devastating Spanish Flu pandemic 0f 1918.
The reference ignores health challenges over the intervening decades. This is strikingly similar to superficial discussion of the international financial crisis of 2007-2008, often described as the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression of the 1930s.
In both the economic crash of a decade ago and the current public health challenges, descriptions of the past often ignore important developments between the earlier time cited and the present. That is revealing.