Adrift: 100 Charts that Reveal Why America is on the Brink of Change
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Men’s share of college enrollment has dropped from 60% in 1970 to 40% in 2021 creating a path to broke and lonely males. Bored young men without any pathway to economic security or a meaningful relationship aren’t just dangerous to themselves, they’re dangerous to society. Scott Galloway is Professor of Marketing at NYU's Stern School of Business and a serial entrepreneur. That’s the antithesis of government (and government service), the purpose of which is to contribute to the commonwealth without recompense. The Media has fueled a great misunderstanding of crime presenting it as rising when in fact it has been declining.
It is written in a neutral way (and you know how Scott’s language can be very “colorful” - if you listen to his podcasts :), lays out data and opinions in crisp and concise chapters. Though, I would say that I appreciated Galloway's attempts to give sound solutions to the problems in the United States through the creation of unity. In 1965, the chiefs of America’s largest 350 companies by revenue made 21 times the average compensation of their industries’ workers. Here is a helpful through-line for any consumer of Galloway's articles, books, or podcasts: like every person who becomes a master in his field, Galloway is insightful and brilliant when he is operating in that field, and just as clueless as anyone else when operating outside it.In a social-media-driven future, there’s little reason to hope that we’ll trend away from sensationalism in crime coverage.
In 2019, Scott founded Section4, an online education platform for working professionals where he teaches business strategy: section4.For example, America now produces nearly as much economic activity in any given month than it did over the course of an entire year in the 1950s. Using an eclectic set of data from 1945 to today he offers insights to paint a disturbing picture of a society becoming increasingly dyspeptic.
He notes that one of the most dangerous trends in America is the growing number of undereducated, lonely, poor, angry and terminally single young men. You've got folks like Galloway on one side, painting everything black, and then there's an equal number of doom-mongers on the other side.
For example, there's a comparison of US defense spending, Afghanistan's GDP, and the Taliban's income. The cost of a college education rose 169 percent from 1980 to 2019 and wages didn’t even come close to keeping pace. Each synopsis comes with my comprehensive, multi-page synopsis handout, plus the audio recording of my presentation delivered at the First Friday Book Synopsis in Dallas.