With the major party conventions upon us, the Summer of 2016 continues to be one of serious discontent. Middle-class workers worldwide are mad as hell. Pandering populist politicians like Boris Johnson in England and Donald Trump here at home stoke the fires of rage, doing what people in times of peril have done for millennia: blame foreigners.
The myth of the American Dream is the dominating factor in keeping people complacent in the United States. You know it -- work hard, and your life will improve. Well, maybe not your life, but your kids', or at least your grandkids'. If that doesn't work, it is the fault of immigrants, or the darn Chinese, or those welfare freeloaders.