David Webber

DAVID WEBBER: Findings from 'Is America in decline?' survey

Although the survey sample isn't representative of the whole population, 373 people offered their opinion about whether they thought our country was declining.

DAVID WEBBER: Our U.S. Constitution is outdated, needs revision

If the Founding Fathers were to reappear in 2013, they would be dumbfounded that we still use their document to govern Internet commerce, regulate global derivative trading and oversee drone technology.

DAVID WEBBER: Five lessons learned from legislators

It's still possible to learn lessons up close and personal from elected representatives, contrary to what many might think about state and national legislators.

DAVID WEBBER: Change social practices to dampen partisan politics

The American government can not work properly under the constraints of hyper partisanship

DAVID WEBBER: The most pivotal year in America

Important historical events in America between World War II and the end of the 20th century, 1979 was the most pivotal year in post-World War II America until Sept. 11, 2001.

DAVID WEBBER: Maybe there should be a generation gap

Children of baby boomers are not energized about the budget and environmental debts they will inherit in the same way their parents were mobilized by the Vietnam War or first Earth Day.

DAVID WEBBER: Federalism is often frustrating, but it works

The tug-a-war among the states and the national government slows policy-making and can result in interstate inequities, but, if the issue of same-sex marriage is any indication, it often contributes to our nation's resilience.



DAVID WEBBER: Political system makes fiscal discipline hard to recover

Our political system, and the political culture surrounding it, makes it nearly impossible to achieve the level of financial responsibility most citizens would expect.

DAVID WEBBER: Reclaiming the American Dream tied to middle-class political system

Hedrick Smith, author of "Who Stole the American Dream?," argues the middle class is disappearing. His argument is a credible one that is consistent with recent research.

DAVID WEBBER: How to frame the question 'How is America doing?'

What's in a name? MU professor David Webber explores the possibilities for naming a course about the state of America, and how different names can change the meaning of the course and the questions it raises.

DAVID WEBBER: Many ways to frame 'How is America doing?'

Although we watch for specific factors in the economy or society, how do we know if America is in decline?

DAVID WEBBER: Cowen is thought-provoking, yet frustrating

Economist Tyler Cowen argues in his book that more scientific breakthroughs are needed to spur America's economy, but the real solutions to economic stagnation lie in governing and administrative know-how.

DAVID WEBBER: Experienced residents stimulate discussion about America's decline

A combination of rising consumer debt and a bleak economic future is creating a growing perception that America is at risk of losing its superpower status. But America is not necessarily worse than in the 1950s. The media over time has created a false sense of a normal socioeconomic status.




DAVID WEBBER: Students write about concerns of America's decline

Reflecting the wider public debate, many students mentioned debt, both public and private, as a major cause of America’s stagnating economy and loss of confidence in government.

DAVID WEBBER: Will we have more American heroes?

While American heroes can come from sports, movies, the military, single acts of uncommon feats and public service, it's hard to imagine another person gaining similar sustained mythical status as Stan Musial.

DAVID WEBBER: Talk of America's decline continues

Wrapped around almost all policy debates is debt — governmental and personal.