In my latest essay, I argue against the view that life is getting harder for all but the rich.

In the 1970’s, ordinary working people drove Vegas and Pintos. They did not eat out much. They rarely traveled by airplane. Many of their jobs were dangerous. Do you really think that there are many working Americans today who would trade places with their 1970’s counterparts?

For Discussion. In what ways has life gotten better in the past 30 years, and in what ways has it gotten worse?