“… The same thing that happened to Detroit is now happening to dozens of other communities across the United States. From coast to coast there are formerly great manufacturing cities that have turned into rotting, post-industrial war zones. In particular, in America’s “rust belt” you can drive through town after town after town that resemble little more than post-apocalyptic wastelands. In many U.S. cities, the “real” rate of unemployment is over 30 percent. There are some communities that will start depressing you almost the moment you drive into them…” Here.
Related: While the Grand Banana Republic descends to Third World status of the typical two-tier (very rich/very poor) society China will lead the way in technical innovation during the next decade. Here. (Maybe this is the reason: Shanghai students astound educators–came in first in science testing…btw, the Grand Banana Republic came in 23rd.)