We Americans have long been obsessed with economic growth — “prosperity” in everyday lingo. The idea that we have some sort of special aptitude for invention, wealth creation and economic self-improvement is part of our imagined national character. It’s who we are. Not only that, but prosperity also plays a crucial political role. It enables us to raise living standards and construct a society with greater economic and social justice.
"These 3 Advantages Once Ensured U.S. Prosperity. They’re Not Coming Back." is from the July 22, 2018 Opinion section of The Washington Post. It was written by Robert J. Samuelson and narrated by Sam Scholl.