Stop what you’re doing right now and read this.
As [Peggy] Noonan puts it, over the last generation there has been “a kind of historic decoupling between the top and the bottom in the West that did not, in more moderate recent times, exist.” Those at the top of society no longer share the interests of those less fortunate. “At its heart it is not only a detachment from, but a lack of interest in, the lives of your countrymen, of those who are not at the table, and who understand that they’ve been abandoned by their leaders’ selfishness and mad virtue-signaling.”
In other words, worldwide, democracy (small “d”) is failing. The consequences and implications are truly chilling.
Read it now, at First Things.