Don Peck is a features editor of The Atlantic and author of Pinched: How the Great Recession Has Narrowed Our Futures and What We Can Do About It.
The Great Recession has accelerated the hollowing-out of the American middle class. And it has illuminated the widening divide between most of America and the super-rich. Both developments herald grave consequences. Here is how we can bridge the gap between us.
The Great Recession may be over, but this era of high joblessness is probably just beginning. Before it ends, it will likely change the life course and character of a generation of young adults. It will leave an indelible imprint on many blue-collar men. It could cripple marriage as an institution in many communities. It may already be plunging many inner cities into a despair not seen for decades. Ultimately, it is likely to warp our politics, our culture, and the character of our society for years to come.
The way to arrest spiraling costs is to admit that we already do what we say we never will—ration health care—and then figure out how to do that better
Look at the data closely, and the neat hierarchy of selectivity begins to fall apart
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