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In the book Culture in an age of Money the author Nicolaus Mills labels our recent cultural history as the culture of triumph In describing its persistence Mills suggests that while the victories of the culture of triumph have been frequent they have been largely hollow The author looks at the commercialization of our society in such diverse areas as materialistic things politics and opinions Nancy Regan wanted new china for the White House The cost of the china was the problem The Lenox pattern with a raised gold presidential seal in the center that the presidents wife chose came to 209508 for 220 place settings At a time when her husband was talking about cutting welfare eligibility and the misery index inflation plus unemployment was over 20 percent the 1980s would be a culture based on triumph-on the admiration of power and status- and nothing would be more important to the culture than its symbolsnew china would be a start in the right direction Ronald Regan declared In the 1980s his America would not look or act like a weakling nation The president and his guests would eat off china that proclaimed The era of self-doubt is over Mills pg11-12 Ronald Regan and his administration thought that the America they had inherited was in shock from a decade of humiliation We had lost the longest war a president had to resign in disgrace and the economy was shot In what better ways to rebuild a Country and its trust in people then with the purchase of new china for the White House and its guests I think Ronald Regan had his priorities a little mixed up wanting to reduce welfare eligibility while purchasing new china as an excuse that we are headed in the right direction I also think Ronald Regan wanted people to believe that we were something that were not On Thursday a 14 million watt series of laser
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