I've read Deer Hunting with Jesus: Dispatches from America's Class War and most of your posts. Can't say there's much in any of what you say that I disagree with. In fact, I'm with ya.
Which brings me to the issue at hand. Curmudgeonliness. A good, healthy outlook, given present circumstances. I put myself squarely in that category alongside you and most of the really "aware" people I know.
But I'm a 62-year old teacher, working hard to help the next generation be readers and critical thinkers and perhaps contribute positively to the world. And somehow it seems to me that the curmudgeonly take on things just doesn't work for the young. Cynicism (or at least a robust skepticism bordering on pessimism) in those of our advanced age seems the only reasonable perspective to me. But in the young, it is sad, defeating, and tends to dim their inherent idealism (if it hasn't already been crushed by their direct circumstances.)