Caleb Mars has said most of what I wanted to say. I can understand how someone who grew up over the past decade of American decline through outsourcing, offshoring and free trade gutting American employment opportunities might develop a dark dystopian view of the USA, but that is now finally on the mend: in the last 18 months the American economy has turned a corner, and is finally improving on every metric. This turnaround has come mostly through what you would probably call “extreme capitalism.” Does this look like an economy in collapse?

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Bureau of Labour Statistics.

President Obama raised taxes, imposed massive new regulations and mandates, and routinely berated the private sector. The economy responded with the worst economic recovery in modern times.

Trump and the Republican-controlled Congress have gone in the exact opposite direction, with sweeping tax cuts and significant deregulation. And since then we’ve seen growth, income, optimism all moving upward.

American Businesses are returning home, on-shoring manufacturing and hiring Americans. The progress on controlling the borders has reduced the effect of illegals under-cutting local wages, so incomes are up. The US working class is doing better today than at any time in the last 50 years.

And yes, there is a drug problem in America, but it is not confined to the USA: every country in the world has a problem with drug pushers and drug addicts. I’m guessing you have never travelled outside the USA, and have not read widely either. Most of what you believe to be true is rubbish, and unhelpful rubbish at that. Why do you think America is headed for ruin when every metric says we are seeing an American Renaissance?

Why do you think things are getting worse when they are clearly getting better? Take a look at this info-graphic:

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Every metric except Child Mortality and Poverty is rising

So forget about “American Collapse: The Strange New Pathologies of the World’s First Rich Failed State”!

It is more like “Mental collapse: the strange new pathologies of Umair’s spoiled rich kid mental state”.

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