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Some powers exhaust themselves through overreach abroad, underinvestment at home, or a mixture of the two. Other powers lose their privileged position with the emergence of new, stronger powers.
“We’re still recovering—we were really hit hard on all levels,” Linda Krupa, the mayor of Hemet, told me.
A fifth of the population lives below the poverty line, up from 13 percent in 2005. A report released this year by the Economic Innovation Group, a research group started by Silicon Valley entrepreneurs, found that one in six Americans lives in what the group calls “economically distressed communities” that are “increasingly alienated from the benefits of the modern economy.” Such communities have high shares of poverty, many housing vacancies, a large proportion of adults without a high-school diploma, high joblessness, and a lower median income than the rest of the state in which they are located. When great powers fade, as they inevitably must, it’s normally for one of two reasons.
It is abdication, the voluntary relinquishing of power and responsibility.
It is brought about more by choice than by circumstances either at home or abroad.
We’re sitting in a conference room at the San Marcos Treatment Center, just south of Austin, Texas, a space that has witnessed countless difficult conversations between troubled children, their worried parents, and clinical therapists. Samantha’s mother is visiting from Idaho, as she does every six weeks, which means lunch off campus and an excursion to Target.