I think another factor in the shifting drift is purely cultural: fewer and fewer people nowdays care about the Era, and those that do definite it differently from those of us who were here in Ye Olde Days. Prewar culture has never really been popular on the nostalgia circuit, other than a brief burst in the early 1970s before the craze for "The Fifties" shoved it back into obscurity, and the causes of "The Red Decade" have never been popular with those who like to use the past as a club to beat the present. That leaves the communitarian thirties and early forties as a period with far less popular appeal or political utility than the rictus-grinning Fifties or the self-satisifed Sixties. I think it's too bad, because we still have a lot we could learn from the prewar Era. But I also acknowldge that those of us who think so are in a definite and shrinking minority today, both at the Lounge and in the world in general -- which seems bound and determined *not* to learn any lessons from that period.