American pessimism and the perception gap

The Christmas edition of The Economist features an article on American pessimism. Americans are gloomy at the moment, they say, but this isn’t warranted by the facts.

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Fair enough – insofar as facts relate to our cultural consciousness at all. But they forget to mention the perception gap – without which, any discussion of this issue is half empty.

Or should that be half full?

Happy New Year everyone.

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