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Pendulum: How Past Generations Shape Our Present and Predict Our Future by Michael Drew, Roy Williams

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CHAPTER SEVEN

1923–1933: First Half of the Upswing into “We”

It is notable that Aesop’s Film Fables produced the first version of The Ants and the Grasshopper (1921) just prior to the tipping point of 1923. Then, just one year past the Zenith of the “We,” Walt Disney produced his own version, The Grasshopper and the Ants (1934), and then visited the fable once again in Mickey and the Big Storm, in which Donald Duck and Goofy spend the first day of a winter snowstorm playing in the snow and don’t bother to stock up on supplies. Fortunately for them, the story’s “We” hero, Mickey, has packed more than enough for himself and all his friends.

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