Americans are becoming more and more divided along class lines, even geographically. This does not bode well for social cohesiveness or the ability to execute effective social policies. (And you can say “government is the problem” all you want, but I tell you we will have government for the rest of our lives, and I’d rather have government that works.)
Middle-class areas shrinking in US: study – yahoo.com
I recently reread my oldie-but-goodie, “On the coming neo-feudalism,” from two and a half years ago, and was amazed at its prescience.