Journalist Tim Carney joins Ben Domenech and Emily Jashinsky on the Federalist Radio Hour to discuss why so many people believe, as Donald Trump declared, that “the American Dream is dead.” Carney uses both data and personal stories to argue that the increase in economic despair and political strife is related to the decline in institutions and social connectedness.
“Man is a political animal. We’re supposed to shape the world around us, but maybe we’re suppose to be doing it at our local swim club, at our public school, at our local parish, in our neighborhood playground,” Carney said. “But with those things eroded, they turn to the central power.”
His new book is, “Alienated America: Why Some Places Thrive While Others Collapse.”