Embodied within the American ethos is the perception of a nation teeming with potential, promising universal rights and freedom. This perspective has not, however, manifested into reality. For the past two-and-a-half centuries, strides have been made toward bridging this disparity at a rate unparalleled by any other multicultural democracy. Nevertheless, a gradual, disheartening regression is perceptible of late. Longevity rates have dwindled, wealth disparity has surged, and the overall tone of discourse has deteriorated. All societal strata, barring the affluent, can identify specific regressions. A particularly pronounced decline in one demographic poses a significant threat to communal wealth and economic prosperity: the young male population is in dire straits, and our collective failures have facilitated this.
Crisis Boys often commence their educational journey on the back foot compared to girls, and they lag in terms of high school and college graduation rates. Friendless men are not a rare occurrence, with one in seven admitting to such a predicament. A staggering three-quarters of all despair-induced fatalities in America — whether through suicide or drug overdoses — are men. Extensive discourse on this topic can be found elsewhere. I’ve also discussed how this ties into dwindling birth rates.
Distress and disenfranchisement often culminate in desolation and violence. By the time they reach 27, high school dropouts are four times more prone to arrests, dismissals, government aid dependency, or drug addiction than their graduating counterparts. We’re now confronting diminishing rates of household formation, lower birth rates, and slower economic growth just as the … Read the rest