Essentially, Scorsese says that the world has become a scary place. It's filled with a growing number of Travis Bickles who see themselves as having nothing to lose. Bickles was the alienated cabbie in Scorsese's film "Taxi Driver."
Scorsese delivered that message in Ireland. He was receiving a gold medal from Trinity College. Others who had been honored that way range from Tim Cook to Helen Mirren. Here is the media coverage.
One of Scorsese's fascinations is reading history. He sees global conditions now similar to those before World War II.
That raises the question: Could the U.S. become part of a World War III?
Cynically, we recall that World War II was supposed to be the war to end all wars.
After peace was declared, America was so traumatized by the carnage that many eagerly settled into the Eisenhower era of conformity and the Walt Disney ethos of happiness. For anyone with a brain, it was the worst of times. No surprise the Baby Boomer generation rebelled in the form of the Counterculture.
If America again goes to war who will fight are the Millennials and the oldest members of Generation Z. The draft could be enacted and women could be included.
On the plus side, just as with the start of World War II, our slow-growth economy could be shocked into the way things were before the recession of 9/11. Some contend it was war which pulled America out of The Great Depression.
Meanwhile, amid all this angst, Everyman and Everywoman are trying to hang onto the work they have or find work. Talking on a macro level triggers eye-rolls.
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