One major difference of perspective between Herbert and myself is that to me if you take a global perspective then 2011 is the best of times. It’s doubtful that the human race has ever been as prosperous or as free as it is today, and the prospects for further progress look good. I’m an optimist, and I feel relatively good about our recent trajectory.
But to plug that back into the Herbertian perspective, the wave of global success we’re watching only underscores the frustration and tragedy of America’s recent failures. This richer, freer, better world should be opening up horizons of opportunity for our country and instead I’m reading articles about a neighborhood in Detroit where people “chip in for services the city has trouble affording, like snow plowing.”