How Much Does It Suck to Live in Modern America?

Outside the New York Stock Exchange in 2015 (Carlo Allegri/Reuters)
A new book explains why it’s really not so bad.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE L ast week brought us an argument over the work of Oren Cass, the conservative think-tanker who thinks the economy is squeezing families far more than it did in decades past. This week brings us The American Dream Is Not Dead (But Populism Could Kill It), a very brief book making essentially the opposite case, by Michael Strain of the American Enterprise Institute. It’s a much-needed look at everything that’s going right in this country.

This debate is fundamentally one of glass-half-empty, glass-half-full. America faces some problems no one can deny: Strain spends some time discussing how suicides are rising, how the


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