America’s real problem is not that the people have failed to shape or form the right will — one that is democratic, one that is legitimate, and one that is wise. It is that that will is not able to be expressed, enacted, and constructed, because the radical center is making democracy impossible. There are multiple layers of institutional failure standing in the way of a healthy will of the people — political parties, media, intellectuals, and so on, all of whom do not seem to be able to think as carefully about society or the future as the average American him or herself can. Or do not care to — because they have been corroded.
Umair Haque is writing some of my favorite commentaries these days.