A couple of things I stumbled on in my daily random walk through the internet seemed relevant to topics under discussion here.
So, for your reading pleasure:
Michael Goldfarb tries to unpack the Trump phenomenon to readers of the BBC magazine. Bonus points if you are a Springsteen fan, which I'm not in any significant way. He hits predictable points, but all in all it seemed like a good piece.
Washington Monthly tries to square the "what's wrong with liberalism" circle by harking back to the Populist movement of the late 19th / early 20th C's. An interesting take on the intersection of democracy and economic markets, and one which I find congenial.
We're at some kind of inflection point in public life. I'm not sure where it will all land, but I don't think the categories we've been working with for a generation or two or three are really working well right now. Understanding and unpacking all of the reasons why is somewhat above my pay grade, but as a nation, and a community of nations, and a nation of communities, we need to get some clues.
There could be a lot at stake.
Happy 4th, everyone. Don't blow yourselves up, and enjoy the weather!