The Sanders- and Trump-led (for now) political rebellion is not going to go away. There are only two questions going forward:
Why is this rebellion permanent, at least until conditions improve? Because life in the U.S. is getting worse in a way that can be felt by a critical mass of people, by enough people to disrupt the Establishment machine with their anger. And because that worsening is seen to be permanent.
- Will it remain a political rebellion, one that expresses itself through the electoral process, or will it abandon the electoral process as useless after 2016?
- Will it be led by humanitarian populism from the left, or authoritarian populism from the right?
Bottom line, people are reaching the breaking point, and we’re watching that play out in the 2016 electoral race.…The Tea Party and Occupy live on.
Gaius Publius: The Rebellion Will Not Go Away