“We had a very large number of people who were not part of the elite, who were just doing what they were doing, and then suddenly, they were suddenly, suddenly, everyone was getting on board.”
– Tom Wolfe, author of The Road to 9/11.
“And it was not a good time.
There were a lot of very unpleasant things happening in America and we all were caught off guard by the sudden appearance of this very powerful new group of people.”
“You could see it as, oh, these guys, this new group is gonna take over the country.
And they’re coming out of nowhere.”
Wolfe, who wrote about the Roars in the 1970s, is now a consultant for the Department of Homeland Security.
He’s seen the phenomenon firsthand.
“I went to this convention of the ’90s, and you would hear people yelling, ‘Hey, we’re going to invade Europe.
“It was not what it had been,” he said. “
In a similar way, Wolfe said, when he saw that a group of young people were being targeted for assassination by the Soviet Union, he realized there had to be something more sinister at work. “
It was not what it had been,” he said.
In a similar way, Wolfe said, when he saw that a group of young people were being targeted for assassination by the Soviet Union, he realized there had to be something more sinister at work.
“They were not just making this up, they had actually had experience,” Wolfe said about the young people he spoke with at the conference.
“The fact that they had done something to actually make a statement was something that shocked me.”
Wolfe also said that he saw the phenomenon as a continuation of the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan in the late 1980s, when the Soviet leadership, including President Mikhail Gorbachev, believed that the US could not win the Cold War.
Wolfe’s books The Roars and the Storm: The Rise of the American Elite and The Roaming Crowd: The Untold Story of the 1980s include chapters on the Reagan administration, and he said he hopes his new book, The Roark Machine: How the Roam of the Century Shaped America, will help to explain the events of the 1990s.
“So, that’s what I want to get at,” Wolfe told ABC News.
“What did this group that was making up for lost ground and they had so much power and influence do?”
Wolfe said the first thing he noticed was the lack of any sense of responsibility.
“There was nothing that said, ‘We’re gonna help you.’
They just did it,” Wolfe continued.
“People are still angry that they’re being screwed over by the government, they’re still angry about this.”
Wolfe is also concerned about the role of the media in the rise of the modern day Roar.
“One of the things that I was worried about is that we’re still dealing with this idea that we are this kind of big-city, high-tech, elite-oriented, super-rich country that you can do anything you want to and nobody is going to mess with you,” he explained.
“But, of course, you can’t do that.
You’re not going to do that.”