There is an interesting article in the May 28, 2018 issue of Time, My Generation Was Supposed to Level America’s Playing Field. Instead , We Rigged It For Ourselves. By Steven Brill.
Take the time to read the article if you can.
It goes into a litany of America’s woes (a 50-year tailspin he calls it) noting the failing infrastructure, inequality, the wicked CEOs, corporations, lobbyists, elites and a meritocracy’s ascent in general.
Nowhere in the article does he talk about the American people, their changed priorities, changed values, the decline of the family structure, the rise of materialism, me and I want it now. He does not mention American’s spending priorities, but only their incomes. He does not cover a global economy and inevitable leveling of standards of living, sometimes at the expense of Americans.
One has to wonder if America has failed to invest in its future and its people how we came to be $21 trillion in debt with $210 trillion in future promises liability.
He ignores the fact it is Americans (typically under informed or detached) that elect and re-elect and re-elect politicians that directly contribute to our shortcomings. Or that Americans are so willing to allow themselves to be propagandized and conned because all they want is what appears to be in their self-interest while ignoring the cost, the shallowness of promises or long-term negative consequences.
Mr Brill’s article makes a great case for our growing propensity to blame something or someone else for our not having what we think we deserve.