**The day the slacker died
**By Spengler Two events on June 6 might denote the death of the "slacker" as an American cultural archetype. The first was the largest monthly jump in the US unemployment rate in two decades, due to an unexpectedly large number of young entrants into the labor market. The second was the release of the film *Kung Fu Panda*, which transposes the ubiquitous slacker-makes-good story line into the incongruous setting of Chinese martial arts. America might be the first country in recorded history whose culture celebrates not only indolence but also the sheer absence of ability. Byronic loafing is the birthright of genius, but slacking has become the entitlement of every young American. American [%between%]("http://asianmedia.com/GAAN/www/delivery/ck.php?n=a53e495a&cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE") popular culture puts a special premium on doing nothing, which is what the protagonists of such popular television series as *Friends*, *Sex in the City*, *The Office* and *Seinfeld* did. Aristocrats throughout history loafed because they could afford to. Until very recently, so could Americans. That has come to a sudden and ignoble end, on which more later.