We are up against a hellish convergence of trends that transformed the last election into a freak show, a mess that we must get out of.
Both Democrats and Republicans are currently unable to use the lessons of the Great Depression to support the middle class & working class.
If American democracy these days is in crisis, the structure of our government is part of the problem. This goes beyond the issues of flawed democracy.
The degeneration of political life in America was the subject of much commentary in 2016: commentary on the way Donald Trump came to power.
People on both sides of this culture war believe that their opposite numbers are people who “don’t understand what America is all about,” a Civil War.