Citizens are angry. “The body politic is burning up,” we learn from a recent NBC/Esquire survey. “And the anger that courses through our headlines and news feeds… about what they are doing to us—shows no sign of abating.” Insurgent presidential campaigns are making unexpected inroads in challenging establishment candidates in both parties. Why is the electorate angry?
“A common thread,” writes columnist Nicholas Kristoff, “is that this country is no longer working for many ordinary citizens.” The anger is bipartisan, although the lists of suspected villains differ.