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The Upside of Down by Charles Kenny

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CHAPTER ONE

        Losing an Empire and Finding a Role

AS AMERICA’S RECOVERY FROM the global recession that began in 2007–2008 staggers on, undocumented immigrants in the country are heading back home in search of a better life. Two US-led wars in the last decade have dragged toward an end charitably described as “mission not completely failed.” That the country could avoid default a couple of years ago only by stopping pretty much all of the other business of government bar naming post offices for a few weeks is reminiscent of the last days of the Roman Republic. Meanwhile, across the Atlantic, the Euro Zone, so obviously an ill-matched patchwork, ...

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