I mocked the idea nonstop in my teens and 20s when it still had some force. The implicit message of mainstream average-American Establishment publications like The Saturday Evening Post was that if you didn’t embrace their all-calm, all-square vision of life in these United States:
We would all too soon end up in the world of True Detective (a big favorite of sadists and actual murderers back in the day):
A moment of silence for the Post. Absurd as it seems, they were right.