This article misses the cause of our malaise: the steady disappearance of opportunity. The author blithely talks about improvement in medical care -- but that's been going on for over a century (llok up Pasteur). He talks about how their is less racism and discrimination -- but there's been a steady improvement in race relations, from the abolition of slavery on The author talks about advances in technology -- but that too is very old (look up the printing press). The reality is that medical, political and technological advances have been the story of American history. But they've all been accompanied by a genuine opportunity to better your condition. I was born in 1968. I'd have had more economic opportunity had I been born in 1948. Kids born in 1988 have had less opportunity than me. What of those born in 2008?