What happens to a society when the pernicious ideas of an elite filter down to the masses, and the proverbial people sense the foundations of their own citizenship crumbling? When crime spikes, infrastructure erodes, airliners lack fuel to reach their destinations, borders become irrelevant, tribalism returns, and Americans lose confidence in their own elections and the wisdom of their Constitution, the most likely ultimate cause of such apparent systems collapse can be traced to an erosion of citizenship.

The assault on American citizenship

The current American national malaise and dread of collective decline display a variety of symptoms. One is a sense that the middle class is weakening. Another is that America’s southern border is becoming meaningless....

 

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