The Hollowing Out of America

by Steve Fraser, History News Network “Debtpocalypse” looms. Depending on who wins out in Washington, we’re told, we will either free-fall over the fiscal cliff or take a terrifying slide to the pit at the bottom. Grim as these scenarios might seem, there is something confected about the mise-en-scène, like an un-fun Playland. After all, …