What has changed the most is America. While statistics were already trending in 2006, we have seen so much during the later years of the naughts, and the early years of the teens, that it is rather overwhelming at times.
We stand today in an America hollowed out. Its industrial might has been hollowed out. Its Bill of Rights has, in many ways, been hollowed out. The framework of faith in the American dollar has been hollowed out.
What is left is a confused and muddled picture. American federal leadership suffers divisions to the point of being nearly dysfunctional. This is an extremely dangerous situation, full of potential pitfalls. The poor have been suffering for a long time. And now the middle class is under duress. The wealth class, especially the top 1/10th of 1 percent, however, are doing better than they have in ages.
It is this imbalance which is so destabilizing and dangerous. Even some of the wealthy, such as Warren Buffet are aware of this. They know if there becomes too much of an imbalance between the haves and the have-nots, rot sets in and the foundations of society cave.
We cannot undo our recent past. What we can do, however, is get as much information as we can and use that information to oppose the oligarchs and plutocrats wherever they may hide.