The rise of the Internet and social media has created a giant mismatch between the direct efficiency of our digital lives and the cumbersome inefficiency of our formal institutions—and that has accentuated the contrast between our system’s promise to let the people rule and the reality that the people rarely feel as though they can have a real impact on the most important decisions facing their country. As a result, the ideological foundations of our political system, liberal democracy itself, are rapidly eroding.
We are hurtling toward yet another constitutional crisis, and supposedly moderate Republicans are refusing to do anything about it. Fox News and other conservative media outlets have been smearing Special Counsel Robert Mueller, all but calling him an enemy of the American people. We are, in other words, once again reaching the point when something that had seemed outlandish a few short months ago is starting to feel virtually inescapable. Now that the outriders have done their work, there is every chance that President Trump will fire Mueller within the next month. It is anybody’s guess who will win the next round in the death match between the president and the American republic.