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Fundamentalist religion long provided some emotional support for those left behind (for one thing, it invites practitioners to defy the elites as unholy), but its influence has waned as modernity has penetrated almost everything and the great culture wars of the 1990s and 2000s have ended in a rout. The result has been a more diverse mainstream culture — but also, simultaneously, a subculture that is even more alienated and despised, and ever more infuriated and bloody-minded.

Via Andrew Sullivan’s May 2, 2016 New York Magazine cover story Democracies end when they are too democratic. And right now, America is a breeding ground for tyranny.

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