Has COVID-19 signalled the end of the American era? Professor Wade Davis argues that the virus reveals what America has become, and even if President Donald Trump is defeated, a profoundly polarized nation may not be able to find a way forward. He writes that "for the first time in the history...
Also available as a podcast, this is a searing critique of America from a very entertaining Canadian renaissance man professor.
One bit that really struck a chord with me was that even though some people treat retail staff & service folk like doormats in Australia, most of us can look them in the eye because of our social contract - decent wages & conditions.
In America, there’s an underlying embarrassment because you’re acutely aware that the person serving you has low wages & no social safety net. It makes for a subservient underclass.
I recommend the book “Nickel and Dimed” for a partial explanation of this phenomenon.
People assume we’re heading for the Chinese century as the US declines, but my reserarch suggests that China is burdened by false accounting & hidden debt . They’ll rebound quicker from the recession though.