These are tough issues to tackle. This being an older article, I’m not sure why Medium sent it my way, but I’m glad I read it.
Your insight here and mention of anomie reminds me of Viktor Frankl (KZ Survivor and Psycotherapist) and his ideas about the inner sickness that comes when we lack purpose. In this paradigm you have witnessed and describe, Purpose has been taken from so many and replaced with nothing tangible.
What is tough, and that I get from reading your piece on why Trump supporters aren’t actually all idiots and on this is that it’s increasingly difficult for us to have honest discussions, particularly ones that offer a critique of our own sides, positions, or leanings.
It’s like being an agnostic on a train between a jesuit and a vocal atheist. Neither is going to love you no matter what you say. Alpine Germans call that position a Gratwanderung, meaning a thin path with only doom on both sides. What I am trying to get at, is that you are threading a thin path in an increasingly partisan atmosphere.
This critique of yours is completely humane and absolutley necessary, for what it’s worth, you have my full support.