In recent years, I’ve often caught myself wondering whether the United States is suffering a nervous breakdown.

In the two decades since 9/11, Americans have invaded and deposed the governments of three countries, dropped bombs on and deployed American troops to many more, elected a series of presidents who promised (and often delivered) diametric reversals of their predecessors on a range of domestic and foreign policies, elevated a know-nothing carnival barker to the White House, seen a “woke” moral revolution roil leading cultural institutions, and witnessed an insurrection at the U.S. Capitol that marked the first non-peaceful transfer of presidential power in the country’s history.

But it’s one thing to notice a trend, quite another to explain it. Why does America seem increasingly unstable, prone to acting out in impulsive ways, lurching from one reaction to the next, driving itself mad?

On Monday, Gallup offered one way of understanding and explaining some of the head-spinning events of the past two decades.

From the 1930s through the 1990s, roughly 70 percent of Americans maintained membership in a church, synagogue, or mosque. But beginning around 2000, that number began to fall off a cliff. By the middle of the 2000s, it had dropped to …read more

Source:: The Week – Politics


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