The United States has gone off track, allowing domestic and foreign aid policies to be co-opted by a government-abetted by mass media-that serves special interests rather than the greater national good. Americans' tendencies to trust, play fair, and help have been abused and require replacement by a realistic outlook. The Vanishing American Dream posits solutions to get America back on the right track. Abernethy sees population growth driven by mass immigration as a major cause of ecomic and cultural changes that have been detrimental to most Americans. The environment has been degraded by over-crowding and increasing demands on natural resources. Work is cheapened by explosive growth in the labour force creating a buyer's market. One salary or wage longer supports a family and educates children. Women working outside the home is a necessity, t a choice, for most American families. Furthermore, feminism, aimed originally at balanced gender roles, has been turned viciously against males of all ages and ultimately against females through degrading their traditional and valuable contributions. Abernethy proposes that Americans need time to regroup, untroubled by a continuing influx of foreign peoples. The family, small business, and responsive local government are centres around which a solvent and confident citizenry can prosper again.
Virginia Deane Abernethy is emeritus professor of psychiatry and anthropology at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and has an MBA from Vanderbilt and a PhD from Harvard University, USA. She writes daily on national and international news, and in 2012 ran for vice president of the United States on a third party ticket.