If our collective future—the one we intend to pass on to our children and for their benefit—still matters, then we have a duty to do what we can to make it a better and brighter one than the future which inequality, conflict, knee-jerk dismissal of inconvenient facts, and the many damaging components of intense polarization will create instead. Shouldn’t the outcomes matter more than they seem to?
Mass movements ultimately need a disaffected population … people who are either economically or culturally dispossessed. Those isolated individuals need to feel part of something bigger than themselves. They need to believe they can regain their previous relevance. Properly primed, such followers will throw themselves behind a leader who promises to return them to power.