Wall Street Journal, Americans Have Shifted Dramatically on What Values Matter Most: Patriotism, religion and having children rate lower among younger generations than they did two decades ago, WSJ/NBC News survey finds
Derek Thompson, Elite Failure Has Brought Americans to the Edge of an Existential Crisis: The nuclear family, God, and national pride are a holy trinity of the American identity. What would happen if a generation gave up on all three?
Michael Bang Petersen, Matthias Osmundsen, and Kevin Arceneaux, A “Need for Chaos” and the Sharing of Hostile Political Rumors in Advanced Democracies
These very learned articles provide compelling evidence that our society is headed to hell in a handbasket. You probably knew that already, but it’s instructive, nevertheless, to see the facts laid out in such detail.
Please read them carefully. Then contemplate them meditatively for an hour, reflecting on a huge and mystifying problem: Why is it that so many of our young people have become utter cynics, believing that institutions have failed them, that elites are conning them, and that the desk is stacked against them? Whatever could have led so many of them to entertain such notions? How can it be?
I know it’s a hard question—a puzzlement of almost biblical proportions—but think really, really hard, and then think again.
And I believe you will arrive at the answer.