A workplace colleague and I were just talking about bullying in the schools and former workplaces (our current workplace is pretty civilized in this regard). It seems we still have a lot to learn.
I’ve always said (even before the T phenomenon) that however we westerners feel smug about whatever we accomplished in past few decades, the people looking at us a couple of centuries from now will see us as immature.
As for the D’s not really standing up to Mr. Trump in the way you suggest, I don’t think they have the moral authority to do so. For example, I have more qualifications to be on the board of directors of a Ukrainian energy company than the former vice-president’s son. It’s hard to point a finger when three fingers are point back. In the quest to win elections, all politicians’ principles are compromised to some degree.
As for average citizens not being able to adequately protest the internment camps, all I can say is that I have limited time and energy and have to provide for a family. I can’t be there or contribute in any meaningful way.
I also spent six years on the inside of a political party. I was totally ineffective in shaping the world positively through that forum.
In my ideal world, the elected representatives would be making the right decisions at the right times, not by responding to pressures from a fickle public. And that is why we need to change our system of governance.
I am going to buy your book (one good thing about Medium is that it has provided we with excellent reads). Mine is freely available.