A People without History is like the
Wind on the Buffalo Grass. --- Lakota
Over the course of the last few years, we have presented in
discussions in The Millennial Files the basic structure of a new
demographic-technological model of United
States history. First of all, the model represents
of Neil Howe and William Strauss's new demographic paradigm, described in their book,
Generations: The History of America's Future, with our work on the technological cycles of
the 200 years of American industrialization. It is important to note that each of these models
was developed independently; we believe, however, they reinforce each other in a manner
that enhances both models' credibility and utility.
In Generations Strauss and Howe proposed a highly original and universal generational
paradigm that they applied to the specific history of the United States. Strauss and
Howe's work concentrated on the social, political and cultural history of the country.
Millennial Files, however, applies the generational framework of Strauss and Howe to a
model of economic development based upon four technological cycles that taken together
have constituted the Industrial Age in America.
--- by Kirt Sechooler, February, 1998