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Another . Loads of good music came from the eighties! It was the decade of synth mastery! And a lot of poof-hair bands were actually good! And even non-poof hair! Adding to your list, Billy Idol, A-Ha, Duran Duran, The Cars, Gary Numan...
I didn't say "Thatcherism was all bad". But I do think she was responsible for promoting and stimulating a 'Gordon Gekko' mindset (i.e. "Greed is good") in the UK.
However, I wasn't aiming to make a political point. The message that I hoped would come across, is that: ONE MILLION ETHIOPIANS DIED OF STARVATION in a decade when greed, self and excess was at it's height - and Live Aid was a stand-out moment, (of real good) in that decade.
When you mention these things in the same list, that's how it gets interpreted. Greed exists on all sides of the political spectrum, particularly among segments that call people greedy for wanting to keep want they've earned instead of allowing it to be extorted.
Certainly in the UK, the 80s was the decade of Thatcherism, greed, self and excess. And I struggle to remember much of any real value coming out of it.
Lots of good stuff happened (first space shuttle takes off, end of the Cold War, fall of the Berlin wall, first IBM PC was released, I was born), you just choose to focus on the negative.
Your glass is obviously half empty.
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