1. In the 1920s, The government was allowed to tell you who you could, or could not marry, in the 1920s children had no rights and the abuse the children went through was pure awful... in the 1920s America was infact feeding the Nazi machine that was Adolf Hitler, Doctor Mengele, and Karl Brandt, the personal physician of Adolf Hitler, and the designer of the lethal injection execution method used since 1982...
2. In the 1920s, there were no laws protecting the public, thinking as people do today, if you went into a time machine back into the 1920s, you wouldn't eat the food and the drink that they had, because there was drugs in it, most notably coca cola... and everywhere you went it would be so full of smoke you could smoke a ham in there.. which is the reason people back in the 1920s did not live as long, were not as healthy, did not have as good of an education...
The Drugs, the Alcohol, the Tobacco, the Pollution, the Predatory practices of Businesses, and the utter garbage that people ate back then, was a disaster by todays standards.
3. The racism was terrible in the 1920s, and part of it may well have been the drugs that people were taking and calling it food and drink... these drugs are very mentally and physically debilitating, and the people were racists and bigots, possibly because the drugs caused them to be mentally disturbed.
4. There was a reason why people were mentally disturbed in the 1920s.. for one thing, there was no technology like there is today, and things were a lot harder back then as a result... its easy to say "just pick up a shovel and put coal in the furnace"..
yeah yeah yeah... yeah ok... how about YOU try it first pal.. LOL... ok....
And the child abuse that at the time they called it "discipline"... and the drugs in our fast food such as cocaine in coca cola.
I for one, am not nostalgic for that garbage, and the reason why it was that way in the past, is people didn't know.... the companies back then had an OVERWHELMING knowledge advantage over the consuming public..
The companies knew that tobacco was bad for you, they Knew that DDT was bad you, they knew that Alcohol was bad for you, they Knew that Asbestos was for you, the doctors and the legal system, and the politicians and the psychologists knew that the discipline that was used was abusive and they also knew that that the excruciating and grueling work that people were doing for a living was bad for you...... they knew that the pollution from industry was bad for you... they knew ALL of it.... the public knew NONE of it..
So why is there so much nostalgia ? why do people miss garbage ?
The truth is, today is the simple times, because of technology, and overall, today is in fact less stressful... believe it or not.
Not only did the harsh conditions cause stress back then, but the resulting behavior made it even more stressful.
I am nostalgic for the 1960s and 1970s in the US when human rights was a strong motivator for young people. I think that young people can be very complacent now, but the issues are still critical: gender equality, government abuses of privacy & personal freedom, civil rights and discrimination, the welfare of children, exploitative international relations... I have felt that we are not making much progress on these issues in the US since the 1980s.