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[Tyler Cowen] America’s national mood disorder
[Tyler Cowen] America’s national mood disorder
ViewpointsOct 29, 2021
America is in a bad mood. Granted, this is a subjective impression, but it is common, and there is no shortage of analyses of it, examining everything from social media to income inequality. I would like to try on for size the simplest possible explanation: If Americans are much more negative than they used to be, it is mostly about politics, and in recent decades political failure has become much more pervasive than it used to be. The result is a kind of national mood disorder. I am not so nai