Austin, I can’t get past the headline. You don’t look old enough in your photo to have experienced Watergate, but I can assure you that it was considered a media-driven event. You know. Deep Throat. Woodward and Bernstein. Televised hearings.
Try reading Washington Journal: Reporting Watergate and Richard Nixon’s Downfall…
At least some of this media behavior is driven by short-term profit motive. Other may be “divide and conquer” mentality that keeps those in power, in power.
Coupled with basic health care, it’s a utopia envisioned by science/speculative fiction writers. But even those utopian universes contain conflict (war) — which begs the question of our propensity towards violence.
Calvinists and Puritans, methinks.
Coupled with rhetoric about survival of the fittest and a belief in prosperity gospel. I am, I’m deducing, pessimistic.
But it still took place, relatively speaking, slowly compared with current levels of disruption that are accompanying automation.
I have been saying this for years and years. Once I grew up and got over my masters degree in economics (with all of the econometrics that it entailed, along with a twist on old theory and a paper at the AAEA annual meeting).