Our Miserable 21st Century, by Nicholas N. Eberstadt

This is a detailed and comprehensive examination of the economy and the quality of life in America since the turn of the century. The conclusion will come as no surprise to Trump voters: things are getting worse. You might want to bookmark this article. It’s got a wealth of the kind of data that bolsters arguments. From Nicholas N. Eberstadt on a guest post at theburningplatform.com:

On the morning of November 9, 2016, America’s elite—its talking and deciding classes—woke up to a country they did not know. To most privileged and well-educated Americans, especially those living in its bicoastal bastions, the election of Donald Trump had been a thing almost impossible even to imagine. What sort of country would go and elect someone like Trump as president? Certainly not one they were familiar with, or understood anything about.

Whatever else it may or may not have accomplished, the 2016 election was a sort of shock therapy for Americans living within what Charles Murray famously termed “the bubble” (the protective barrier of prosperity and self-selected associations that increasingly shield our best and brightest from contact with the rest of their society). The very fact of Trump’s election served as a truth broadcast about a reality that could no longer be denied: Things out there in America are a whole lot different from what you thought.

Yes, things are very different indeed these days in the “real America” outside the bubble. In fact, things have been going badly wrong in America since the beginning of the 21st century.

It turns out that the year 2000 marks a grim historical milestone of sorts for our nation. For whatever reasons, the Great American Escalator, which had lifted successive generations of Americans to ever higher standards of living and levels of social well-being, broke down around then—and broke down very badly.

To continue reading: Our Miserable 21st Century


4 responses to “Our Miserable 21st Century, by Nicholas N. Eberstadt

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  2. I’m only well versed in how rotten the economic structure of the US, and the rest of the world is, because of people like you, Pete over at WRSA, and Denninger. Trying to pass that information along to people I see every day is an exercise in being mocked. More or less, it’s all about avoidance, and normalcy bias. I understand peoples fear, and thus, the avoidance, but the normalcy bias is the thing that scares me the most. When that 800 lb. gorilla of debt, more debt, and still more debt, starts wrecking every one, and everything, millions of people frightened out their wits are going to be both lashing out in anger, and grabbing like a drowning man at ANYTHING that might save them. You and I both know that forewarned is forearmed, and we live it as well. But I’m thinking that surviving what is coming, is going to be akin to standing naked in a junk yard under an umbrella, when an F-5 tornado comes through. And don’t forget boss, in medieval times, how the people that warned about approaching plagues, armies or other calamities were routinely BLAMED as causing the problem.


    • I like your standing naked in a junk yard under an umbrella analogy. And yes, prophets are often without honor, and often with antipathy and blame, in their home countries.


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