Age of discord

My guest today is Professor Peter Turchin from the University of Connecticut.

Professor Turchin has published two hundred articles, including a dozen in such top journals as Nature, Science,and PNAS. His publications are frequently cited and in 2004 he was designated as “Highly Cited Researcher” by

Professor Turchin has authored seven books,including Secular Cycles, War and Peace and War, Ultrasociety: How 10,000 Years of War Made Humans the Greatest Cooperators on Earth.

Today, we will talk about one of his most recent books: Ages of Discord: A Structural-Demographic Analysis of American History.

Since WWII, America has emerged as one of the two superpowers in the earth. After 1990, when Soviet Union collapsed, America survived to be the single superpower in the world. In the past 30 years, as I remember when I grew up, America is almost always a dreamland for people to look upon. If you are young, ambitious, energetic and have a big goal, go to America, and the American dream is there for you to fulfill.

Since 2008, however, things seem to have changed. We have witnessed movements such as tea party and occupy wall street.Americans seem to be angry, frustrated, and disappointed. The chaos seemed to have reached an apex in 2016, when Mr Donald Trump won the presidential election.

So what is going on in the US? Is America in crisis now? What do we expect to happen in the future? These are the questions that we will discuss today with Prof Turchin in the show.

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