“Living standards rose, populations grew, movements such as temperence were bringing social ills under control. Health insurance and pensions…were rendering the working class more secure, whlie spreading prosperity was beginning its transformation into a new middle class. Then the West put a gun to its head and blew its brains out.”
– William S Lind and William S. Piper
From an Article titled “Alternate History” in The American Conservative.
The subject, you ask? World War I.