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Would we still like j f k after 8 years
Posted 13 December 2020 - 05:32 AM
Posted 13 December 2020 - 04:37 PM
I think JFK was overrated, and he is mythologized for the wrong reasons, like the fact that he was assassinated, that he was handsome, and his wife was pretty.
Posted 14 December 2020 - 01:19 AM
Vietnam would have killed the myth. Had Vietnam not happened LBJ would actually be remembered as one of the great US presidents along with FDR certainly regarded far more highly than JFK.
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Posted 15 December 2020 - 03:50 PM
^^^^Well, there is a debate as to whether JFK would have remained in Vietnam. The argument goes that LBJ was much more of a hawk, and that JFK was ready to pull out. There are counterarguments to that, so we are well down the road of alternative history. Still, it should be noted that his younger brother RFK became a strong voice in the anti-war movement.
Also, there is a tendency to credit JFK with progress on Civil Rights without giving LBJ the credit that he deserved. JFK was actually more into a go slow approach. LBJ was relatively decisive on that point. Again, RFK then also emerged as an important figure in the Civil Rights movement until his assassination
There is a definite mythology around JFK, and it is hard to separate the man from the myth. Sadly, we will never really know the answer.
A new idea just flashed through my head. Perhaps a simulated alternative history using advanced AI and inputting a large amount of data and information. Still, even that approach would be subject to much controversy and healthy skepticism.
The principles of justice define an appropriate path between dogmatism and intolerance on the one side, and a reductionism which regards religion and morality as mere preferences on the other. - John Rawls
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