Thus wrote the poet Auden, and the words are as true 74 years later as they were when written.
An example: five decades ago, when I was in my twenties, enterprising hard-working young Americans could work their way through college, paying their tuition costs from their efforts.
That is no longer true. Now Americans are required to obtain 'student loans' and incur debt running to thousands of dollars.
No one asks why or how come? No one protests.
What went wrong? No one seems to care.
'Our world in stupor lies...'
It has been remarked by one of the most astute minds in America (Chris Hedges) that if France told its young people that from now on they would have to borrow $50,000 to pay for college, the government would be gone in a week.