Why doomster stories are so popular: we want to believe America is doomed

Summary: Yesterday's post examined widely believed reasons that America will fall, and debunked them. This post discusses why such doomster narratives have become so popular and widely believed. The answer explains much about Campaign 2016. This is follow-up to follow-up to The big list of reasons why America will fall (with rebuttals). It examined “The … Continue reading Why doomster stories are so popular: we want to believe America is doomed

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Much of what we love about America was true only for a moment

Summary: Campaign 2016 has sparked hopes of political reform in America, restoring aspects of America that we've lost. But our image of American history is false, because much of what we love existed only for two generations (from the New Deal to the 1970s). Understanding this makes real reform possible. Jefferson Cowie's new book is … Continue reading Much of what we love about America was true only for a moment

An anthropologist looks at America’s growing proletariat

Summary: Here anthropologist Maximilian Forte looks at America's changing social structure (the rise of the 1%, death of the middle class) using perspectives from Rome, Marx, and modern identity politics. It's one of his best essays, worthwhile reading about America's most serious problem (fracturing our social cohesion, making solutions of the others difficult or impossible).  … Continue reading An anthropologist looks at America’s growing proletariat