An informal survey of friends, family members, and acquaintances of colleagues found feelings of optimism dominating pessimism by a wide margin. While some of the optimists expressed reservations involving moral decline, the unalloyed pessimists were concerned mainly about environmental degradation and the lack of leadership for dealing with the problem.

Bruce Yandle is Alumni Distinguished Professor of Economics, Emeritus and Dean Emeritus, Clemson University and co-editor of Regulation and the Reagan Era.
Culture and Society
Other Independent Review articles by Bruce Yandle
Fall 2022 Gaining Ground: Markets Helping Government
Spring 2020 Narrative Economics: How Stories Go Viral and Drive Major Economic Events
Winter 2019/20 The Green New Deal: Why Fossil Fuel Civilization Will Collapse by 2028 and the Bold Economic Plan to Save Life on Earth
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