The decline of the American empire, graphed
Somewhere in the last century, the United States took a massive misstep, unable to equitably share its prosperity between its people. Or, as the New York Times puts it in this fascinating piece on why the US lags behind other rich countries on key metrics, “In nearly every other high-income country, people have both become richer over the last three decades and been able to enjoy substantially longer lifespans. But not in the United States.” The good news is that the Americans are still damned good at making graphs — the opening graph, Life expectancy and G.D.P. per capita 1990-2018, is an instant classic.