Seems a bit too neat This is starting to sound like a history of rationalization rather than a history of philosophy. "After the nightmare of WWII, everyone was exhausted, and just wanted everything to go back to normal for a while." Was this really everyone? Some groups gained in status during WWII. They didn't want to hold onto those gains? Why would anyone in the black community believe in any of this (outside of church)? Yes, in every conflict, religious and philosophical arguments are sometimes used as rationalization, but what about concrete problems? Young men afraid of being drafted, racism, and so on. These things make conflict personal. Putting philosophical issues ahead of bad things actually happening to people seems a bit off. "All possible rational bases for systems had been tried, and had failed." Maybe in philosophy departments, but I doubt anyone else really cared? Nobody else decides what to believe based on whether it has a rational basis. Also, wacky religion (preachers going around telling people what they believe) has been around forever.