Actually it's not stagnation at all but a retreat as in a cultural rot. Much of society demands goods and services without working for them (see Greece and our last election)."Free" health care,early retirement,exploding food stamp recipients without a work provision,rampant "disablilty" claims. These are not symptoms of stagnation but of a growing class of entitled non producers. They are not stagnant. They are a growing rotting core of the apple.