Thus, the lesson we should draw is that taking a short sided view where only a small portion of the people are content, to be a recipe for failure.
Unfortunately this is where the US is currently headed with GOP policies which enrich the 1% and nothing flows down to the rest. But even when centrist democratic governments are in power the result is much the same because they are just a less radical version of the Republicans minus the religious fruitcakes and outright racists.
Implosion is an ugly affair where you reach critical mass and that 1% can no longer rely on serfdom since those working stiffs cannot adequately sustain themselves. Unless the current policies change, the US may be headed for that precipice. This is something I deeply hope doesn't happen not only because we in Canada will be impacted but also because most Americans are decent and upstanding people.
The GOP in it's current incarnation is the most radical version of the party in that nation's history with bowed sycophants in the congress and senate all scared of a crass and thin-skinned halfwit who lives on Twitter. Still, it is not too late to turn the ship around and Mr. Mueller can probably help initiate that.
Rationality should tell us that the health of a nation is measured by its poorest citizens and by that metric there is a long way to come back up. Maybe it won't be a return to an FDR New Deal style era but hopefully at least it will be to a place where fairness isn't a dirty word.