Why America is Angry

Title

Why America is Angry

College

Arts & Letters

Program

Ph.D. International Studies

Publication Date

3-28-2019

Abstract

Over the last three decades, the US underwent a transformation in which the social gap and inequality had widened beyond the gilded age of the 1920s. The decline of public good combined with the loss in bargaining power that brought justice and induced a cycle of higher living standard dissipated. The American people lost their ability to believe in their political economy, the “story” and its narrative is no longer acceptable by most Americans. This paper explores the factors that impacted the American unrest and sets some policy recommendations to correct the political discourse. Income inequality must be addressed to soften the negative impact of globalization; it is not only about wages and jobs but is also about the civic inequality, not only on the effects of the purchasing power but the un-commonality between American citizens. Only by restoring, the shared citizenship in public places through common spaces, then the sense of national identity could be restored in democratic citizenship.

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