What we are seeing is anger at a disruption of our economy and, really, our social order—of the magnitude we saw when the agricultural age gave way to the industrial age
— Anne Marie Slaughter, New America
The answer may have less to to with the Trump himself than with broader social and economic changes—and the implications of that are daunting.
The full skein of reasons for anxiety about the surge of populist anger in America right now is of course more extensive still. It may be unlikely that any of them imply that an extreme form of political doom, like fascism, is coming. But the important consideration isn’t what to fear, it’s what to know: Donald Trump may be defeated in November; the anger and resentment behind him won’t be.