We are setting ourselves up for some Hitler/Stalin/Pol Pot wannabe. Trump had allusions along those lines, and it was clear to see.The art of discourse - as with reading comprehension, penmanship, and critical thinking - having been deemed obsolete by academia, is no longer taught in schools. How can one debate intelligently if one does not know how to, nor has any basis of knowledge or experience upon which to base their argument if they were to attempt a debate? Ranting and raving in the face of an opposing view has become acceptable for some reason. Yes, schools do bear the lion's share of the responsibility for this catastrophe, but parents are to blame as well - detached, distracted, and disinterested parents.
There's hardly anything new under the sun. The requirements for a society to function effectively and to prosper have not changed since the beginning. Certain constructs must be maintained and passed on from generation to generation. I fear that we are devolving at a faster rate than any of us believed possible. We're living in a perfect storm - one of systemic apathy, endemic laziness, and abject stupidity - on a Biblical scale. Will we survive? My money is on NO, but the fight is worth it, nonetheless. It's our sacred duty to do all we can to right the ship. If it still sinks regardless, well, so be it, but at least we can say that we didn't go out with a whimper.