Paul Craig Roberts is not just looking at the past through rose-colored glasses. By virtually every objective measure the good old days really were the good old better-than-today days. From Roberts at paulcraigroberts.org:
I write often of the West’s disapproval of itself and its remaking in a Woke image that rejects Western civilization and insists on the deracination of the white ethnicities that created the civilization. When a civilization loses its belief in itself, or that belief is intentionally destroyed by poisonous ideas, and its defining values are lost, the civilization disappears. Geographically the land still exists, and there are people on it, but they are a different people.
When perversity is normalized and given the moral high ground while normality becomes a target, and when Make America Great Again patriots are labeled “domestic extremists” and “white supremacists,” we know that the United States of America has one foot in the grave.
Patriotism is being redefined. The New Patriotism targets those whose patriotism is based in respect for the Constitution and love of freedom. The New Patriotism is based in the 1619 Project and hatred of America for its alleged racist past. The New Patriots regard the values of the old patriots as values that serve white supremacy and need to be overthrown.
It is difficult to do anything about it. Even mathematics is said to be a racist tool for the suppression of people of color. Those who want a restoration of our traditional values–MAGA Americans–have been demonized and made targets for the FBI, Homeland Security, and prosecutors, and have been stripped of free speech and association. Six hundred of them are in prison because attending a rally in support of President Trump has been turned into an insurrection against democracy.