Lately it occurs to me
What a long, strange trip it's been.
-- The Grateful Dead, "Truckin'"
And that "long, strange trip" has gotten positively rocky, particularly in the last 40 years, under the influence of Reagan, both Bushes, and of course, The Donald. Under their "leadership" (if you can call it that), we've seen the ongoing dismantling of the middle class, the rise of the one-percenters, and most recently, the threat of fascism overthrowing our democracy. Economist and former White House advisor Robert Reich has seen it, too, and it seems as though he has a better than average grasp of the social and fiscal dynamics that got us from there to here. In the following video, he sketches a pretty convincing picture of that path, noting causes and effects, and proposes one possible way out.
Personally, I think his doodles are worth your time. Please enjoy.