I'm not sure exactly what psychoanalytic anthropologists do, but William Manson found time to speculate about the future of America's working classes in a story on view at Counterpunch.
And those folks in W. Virginia that Trip Gabriel was writing about in the New York Times are exactly the kind of people Manson is worried about.
Here's the thing; that's the fastest growing demographic in America. Folks are falling through the cracks and then falling through the cracks again till they eventually fall right off the map.
This is happening to entire families. Where once there was a social safety net of sorts to at least break the fall, now there's a growing population building a parallel society beyond the margins of official America.
That 92 million Americans of working age are not in the workforce is an interesting statistic. They can't all be trust funders.
But they are all but invisible to official America, where people watch Fox News and CNN and vote for the Democratic or the Republican party.
What's happening is that official America is losing population and the population beyond the margins is growing by leaps and bounds.
As that population shift gains momentum, it will have the potential to generate radical change. Official America won't notice, because Fox and CNN will continue to reassure that ever-shrinking America that everything is hunky-dory, God's plan is unfolding as it should, American Empire is more virile and virtuous than ever...
All the way into the abyss.
And all the way there, the mainstream propaganda outlets will trumpet an economic rebirth built on eight dollar an hour jobs, and will celebrate the endless wars that let Americans, at least some of them, believe the Empire lives.