U.S. Economy

Trump Has a Point About American Decline

Just don't count on his plans to do the trick.

There's a kernel of truth in what he says.

Photographer: Tom Pennington/Getty Images

American decline is a popular narrative these days. It’s a central feature of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign -- you can’t “make America great again” unless America isn’t-so-great right now. Although Trump often seems disconnected from reality, on this issue he has a point. The U.S. is in decline. Fortunately, the slide ­­­isn’t severe, and there’s probably time to arrest its progress or prevent it from accelerating.

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