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NPR: 1940 Census proves war = peace and validates Keynesianism

From the article:

The pivotal year 1940 "marked the beginnings of a shift from a depressed peacetime to a prosperous wartime," says David E. Kyvig, author of Daily Life in the United States, 1920-1939.

Peace = depression, War = Prosperity, Orwell would be proud.

But it gets better, the conclusion to it all:

"I suspect we will learn more about how much the ramping up of government spending on defense changed the economic circumstances and everyday lives of ordinary Americans," Kyvig says. "As we see how the country evolved over the subsequent 20 years, where we have aggregate census data ... we ought to be able to see more clearly how government spending bettered everyday life, confirmed Keynesian economic theory and revealed that, before the war, the New Deal did too little, rather than too much, to stimulate the U.S. economy."

Whoa Nelly!!! What a load!


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My grandparents would tell a different tale about the 1940s

My grandparents and ALL their siblings would tell a different tale about the 1940s. They all lived in New York City. (Sadly, out of 12 of them and their spouses, only one is left.)

Now, did any of them think the economy was roaring in 1945? No. Unmployed.

1946? No. Unemployed. Can get small, one-time jobs from parents' friends.

1947? No. On and off, erratic work.

1948? No. Street sweeping, garbage collecting, and so on. Not yet steady.

1949? Not really, though things are looking up: promoise of a regular job. Two small jobs still needed.

1950? Maybe. Got a regular job.

1951? Perhaps. Work is steady.

1952. Well, they're saving up.

1953. Finally got a house in Levittown!

This was may grandfather and his brothers and his wife's brothers and sisters' husbands condition. Some of them got jobs earlier, owing to skills or connections, but the economy was still lousy for them as a whole. It took a while for the economy to fully recover from war and depression.

"Cowards & idiots can come along for the ride but they gotta sit in the back seat!"

Here's how the 1940 census was used

Despite decades of denials, government records confirm that the U.S. Census Bureau provided the U.S. Secret Service with names and addresses of Japanese-Americans during World War II.


Newt's favorite president, FDR, issued executive order 9066 on Feb. 19, 1942, sending Americans of Japanese ancestry to prison camps.