40 Years Ago Carter Warned of a Loss of Confidence in our Institutions and General Lack of Unity

Scott Deshefy


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On July 5, 1979, President Jimmy Carter canceled his scheduled address to the nation, communing instead with workaday citizens to find causes of America’s problems. His “malaise speech” followed 10 days later. Carter, first president to acknowledge anthropogenic climate change, intoned about our inabilities to solve underlying problems, especially energy. To blame, he posited, was […]
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