We live in dismal times. The US stock market has suffered its worst quarter since 1987. Hopes for a quick rebound have evaporated. Deflation is a real risk, and the Federal Reserve has already shot most of its monetary stimulus. The accounting firms quietly de-fang proposed regulation. Respected businesspeople, fearing for their reputations, refuse to serve on boards.
Young dot.com professionals are back in entry-level jobs, or living with their parents - who realise that their 401k pension funds will not support an easy retirement.
Enough? The catalogue of disaster is familiar and, fortunately, it is misleading. US business is in a painful mess and the economy may well suffer prolonged stagnation, but the US economic system is demonstrating yet again its strength and adaptability. So here is the good news.