1. I really don’t know. If I were to simply guess, I’d say it’s the loss of what is public, a breakdown of institutions that transmit a unifying culture, gross dissatisfaction with the current state of affairs, an inability to articulate dissatisfaction with a public language that can build non-factional consensus; all this coupled with either a readiness to retreat from discourse (which so few know how to engage in to find what is common and unifying in the first place), or else a cavalier attempt to remove the perceived problems by brute tactics. Either way, one revises one’s environment.

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