03/18/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Ross Douthat: Decline Is Relative

...As the 2010s begin, there's reason to worry that America has further to fall. Our politics are polarized, our finances are still overleveraged, and our society is increasingly segregated -- by income, education and family structure -- between a thriving elite and a struggling working class. Worse, neither political party seems capable of forging a new policy synthesis to reckon with our domestic challenges.

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