If you’ve been following the news lately, it’s hard to avoid the feeling that we’re watching the slow-motion breakdown of American self-government.
I don’t mean anything as dramatic and clear-cut as the seizure of authoritarian power by Donald Trump (although he’s evidently trying). I’m talking about something a little subtler, but potentially just as destabilizing and perilous for America’s future.
Donald Trump’s antics — doing everything he can to steal the presidential election in the name of preventing his victorious opponent, Joe Biden, from stealing it — are a big part of this. But Trump is just an expression of something far more widespread in American society.