Feb 1 1996

Newsweek Puts On a Happy Face

Newsweek‘s January 8 cover featured a piece headlined “Cheer Up America: It’s Not as Bad as You Think.” In the article, economics reporter Robert J. Samuelson argued that the source of Americans’ current dissatisfaction is our utopian notion of a society in which problems like poverty and job insecurity can be solved. These ideals should be discarded, Samuelson says, since they’re simply “too perfect to happen.” Instead, we should embrace the wonders of the society we’ve got: While it’s true, for example, that living standards aren’t increasing as they used to, “stagnation hardly describes the explosion of new products that […]