Today we live in a world of isolation and atomization, where people distrust their own institutions. In such circumstances many people respond to powerlessness with pointless acts of self-destruction. The American election has been perverted by these feelings of powerlessness.
On the surface, the millennial generation, having endured the financial crash and stagnant wages, looks ready to lead a big leftward push. But if you look at how millennials actually live, you certainly don’t see a progressive counterculture.
One of the features of the Obama years is that we get to witness an enormous race between meritocracy and government. On the one side, meritocracy widens inequality. On the other side, there is President Barack Obama’s team of progressives, who are trying to mitigate inequality. The big question is: Which side is winning?