We too often take for granted the self-governing vigor with which millions of Americans are engaged every day in caring for and improving their communities. As James Fallows wrote recently:
“Serious as the era’s problems are, more people, in more places, told us they felt hopeful about their ability to move circumstances the right way than you would ever guess from national news coverage or most political discourse.
Even as the country is becoming worse in obvious ways—angrier, more divided, less able to do the basic business of governing itself—it is becoming distinctly better on a range of other indicators that are harder to perceive.”
James Fallows: “Reinventing America” The Atlantic May, 2018