failure works two ways
there was failure in the 60's:
(a) failure of black people to ride the back of a bus.
(b) failure of american-indians to remain docile to the american gov't
(c) failure of the pentagon to continue losing american lives in vietnam
(d) failure of the american gov't to sustain the fear of marijuana
(e) failure of american religions to sustain their belief systems as the only way to god
more could be said, but....