Through 2020 and entering into 2021, our society has faced some pretty spectacular challenges. Many of them brought on by COVID-19. Some of them brought on by challenges we’ve created for ourselves through decisions we made generations ago, the consequences of which are now coming to a head.

Younger Americans face challenges in employment, housing, and health that previous generations did not and all of us are faced with the problems of hyperpolarization and coming back from the wreckage of a global pandemic.

Our guest on the podcast today, policy fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and demographer Lyman Stone, is a student of the data. Dr. Jennifer Thompson spoke to Lyman about the trends he has observed in how our society faces challenges and the lessons we can learn about how to respond in the face of problems and come back as a flourishing, healthy society.

Show Notes:

The Boomers Ruined EverythingThe Atlantic

Red, white, and gray: Population aging, deaths of despair, and the institutional stagnation of America – Lyman Stone for AEI

The Tyranny of Experts – William Easterly

You can follow Lyman and keep up with his work on Twitter

About our guest:

Lyman Stone is an Adjunct Fellow at AEI, a Research Fellow at the Institute for Family Studies, and a former International Economist at the US Department of Agriculture, where he forecasts cotton market conditions. He blogs about migration, population dynamics, and regional economics at In a State of Migration. He also writes regularly for Vox’s Big Idea vertical, and for The Federalist. His work has been covered in the The New York TimesThe Washington PostThe Wall Street Journal, and numerous local outlets.