The History of America’s Future

12 thoughts on “The History of America’s Future”

  1. Read this right after publication, and indeed often prescient. For instance, in seeing how the post Boomer generations (particularly Millennials) would be more pragmatic and civic minded than their parents. One of the reasons I still have hope things will improve after the boomers are finally shoved out of the way.

  2. People still think someone is gonna rise up and save them. There are no more cheap resources to plunder, no more backward nations for the west to take advantage of. The era of America using more energy than the rest of the world combined is over. The blue collar workers should welcome the immigrants from the poor countries. They can teach us the skills we will need to live on nothing.

    1. Rudy G feels like an outsider to me. He’s been gone for a while, isn’t a Washington guy, and has been known to dress in drag from time to time. And Priebus is a guy from Wisconsin successfully running the Republican Party. I am not bothered by either of those guys. Trump is the leader of the Republican Party and he will have to involve some insiders. People vote for the President and not all of their hirelings. Frankly I just wanted to stop the Clinton machine. Reminds me too much of Boss Tweed. To each their own though and we’ll just see what happens.

  3. Yeah. CA, per the BLS, has the highest poverty rate in the US, mostly in the inland areas. The state has been losing population to other states for a generation as people move away because we seem adamant about only providing opportunities for lawyers, financiers, techies, and actors (though construction workers are doing ok in the Bay Area at the moment, but they have to commute in from the Valley where they just might be able to afford a house). Our population grows only because of births and immigration. Many of the second tier cities of the NE and the hinterlands have emptied out as industry has moved away, and even the first tier cities of the rust belt states are staggering. Yet things are booming in Texas for the working class in ways they are not in many blue states. Probably one of the toughest situations to be in is that of a blue collar guy living in a small city in a blue state dominated by one or two very large cities. Indianapolis probably does not dominate Indiana the way that Boston, NY, or SF dominate their respective states. People are pissed off. I think they’ve chosen a very poor vessel in Trump, but if you don’t understand how many people are pissed off then you just haven’t been paying attention.

  4. I didn’t vote for Trump or Clinton. But the election led to some interesting conversations in the (San Francisco) office.

    In a (lone, vain) attempt to Trump-splain, I suggested to my co-workers that hey, illegal immigration and free trade just might have some negative effects in blue collar and/or rural America. And that we need to look at those issues aside from the racism, misogyny, etc.

    I could tell the thought, that the red/blue divide has some nuance, or that there’s deep structural issues unrelated to politics, had never crossed their minds.

    Even worse, they probably think I’m a Republican now! Seriously that could be physically dangerous round these parts.

  5. i keep thinking back on what you said about how both candidates are qualified to preside over the “great unraveling”. Most of my blue collar coworkers who live outside of uber liberal Portland told me they had never voted in their lives but rushed to get registered because of the great urgency they felt to vote for Trump. My Portland friends are still totally shocked how the election could have swung the the way it did.

  6. Except now we live in a far more dangerous time. Half the world has the bomb, and middle America just gave the nuclear codes to a thin-skinned con artist with a messiah complex.

  7. Except now we live in a far more dangerous time. Half the world has the bomb, and middle America just gave the nuclear codes to a thin-skinned con artist with a messiah complex.

  8. I voted for Trump. The establishments needed standing up to, I think. I realized in February or March of last year he could win. Wasn’t sure it would happen on Tuesday, but happily surprised it did. I wish him and us the very best.

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