nice work Chris Arnade on describing the dichotomy of the “elite” vs. “everyone else”. (anti-elite?)
I suggest everyone read Erich Fromm’s “Escape from Freedom” for a deeper understanding of the craving for an authoritarian leader, a strong man, that has been going on for hundreds of years. It is a social psychology driving this desire around the world. Hint: the need for belonging you identified plays a major role.
With April 6, 2017 being the anniversary of the U.S. entering WWI, we ought to pay attention.