SocraticGadfly: The recession generation

January 10, 2010

The recession generation

Newsweek has a great, if chilling, special report on what the fallout from the "great recession" might mean in the longer term. I'd agree that it could well mean more cynicism, and, finally, a disillusionment with the myth of upward mobility in American, which, the story notes, simply isn't true, and, compared to a number of "class-laden" European countries, even, hasn't been true for more than 30 years.

And, in some ways, the worst proponents of the myth aren't the captains of industry, or even nutbars within the GOP or on Faux News. Rather, it's the New Agers and the peddlers of the Christian success gospel. Both of them, in various ways, will blame "lack of faith," not "bad luck," when people fail to succeed. Look for a massive guilt trip ahead.

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