Managed to enjoy Peggy Steinfels' Commonweal article comparing the LePen-induced nostalgia about the good old days in France to the actual good old days in France. Certainly applies to us as well. Forget the slavery, racism and genocide. The constant cycles of boom and bust that have plagued our republic's economy. As a white boomer, I certainly remember better days. But they are gone. Essentially, that civilization, even if you reduced our population back to 1960's levels and banned computers, was unsustainable. It depended on fossil fuel and that is a problem that won't go away. Even the French towns described in the article depended on fossil fuels, though not as much. So, we are NOT going back. If we do, thanks to collapse of the environment, it'll be WAY back.
BTW, I noticed that the Commonweal website now has a monthly limit of 5 free articles. However, when I click to sign in, there's no place to sign in. Is there a glitch in the website or am I stupidly missing something?