Living outside the United States and observing how we stack up to other countries, I'm pretty optimistic about America,...if we can dodge the bullet of electing Trump as president. Of course, I was optimistic about America in 2007, and it turned out I should have been a lot more pessimistic. I didn't see the Great … Continue reading Why Has Optimism in US Become So Uncool?
"Perhaps the cause of our contemporary pessimism is our tendency to view history as a turbulent stream of conflicts — between individuals in economic life, between groups in politics, between creeds in religion, between states in war. This is the more dramatic side of history; it captures the eye of the historian and the interest … Continue reading Explanation for Contemporary Pessimism, and Finding More Inspiring Scenarios
Rereading a quote I posted on my blog in 2004, with hindsight I realize the pessimistic columnist was not pessimistic enough. In 2004, the US economy was doing much better than just four years later. Americans are by nature an optimistic people, and yet we are currently, in November 2014, going through a round of … Continue reading Pessimistic, But Not Pessimistic Enough About America’s Future, in 2004. Are We Now Too Pessimistic?