The Great Unwinding of American Society – The Guardian

George Packer summarizes his argument in the great Unwinding. A choice passage:

Americans were no less greedy, ignorant, selfish and violent then than they are today, and no more generous, fair-minded and idealistic. But the institutions of American democracy, stronger than the excesses of individuals, were usually able to contain and channel them to more useful ends. Human nature does not change, but social structures can, and they did.

Decline and fall: how American society unravelled | World news | The Guardian

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