Recently, long-time Sloper LZ suggested in the comments section that I pick up a book called Ages of Discord (which you can buy here) so I did so right away. I read it cover to cover over the course of a couple of days.
The book is a combination of two of my favorite things – – – historical graphs and economic/political trends – – and, in the spirit of The Fourth Turning, pretty much says we are heading for some seriously dark times.
What’s interesting about this work of Peter Turchin is that he is first and foremost a scientist, and he applies scientific and mathematical rigor to his analysis. I genuinely enjoyed the book, and I thank LZ for the suggestion!