You thought the Reagan years were about paranoia and fear?
I thought the Reagan years were about sloughing off the “malaise” of double-digit inflation and high unemployment and winning the Cold War. While there was uncertainty, there was certainly a sense of resurgence and optimism. I don’t know how we’re coming to the conclusion that the defining characteristic of the 1980s was fear.
Look, someone was in a coma from 1981 to well 2014!