There is an aspect almost of puzzlement about The Economist editor-in-chief Zanny Minton Beddoes’ mid-April note to subscribers about “the world’s richest, most productive and most innovative big economy ... leaving its peers ever further in the dust”. 

This, she notes, while “(nearly) four-fifths of Americans tell pollsters that their children will be worse off than they are”, and when, among other things, “America’s politics are toxic and ... life expectancy is being dragged down by shootings and drug overdoses”. ..

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