America is entering this election cycle in a dyspeptic mood. The grim economic tidings are reason enough for this gloom, but something more fundamental may be at work here. More than discontent, or even anger — it’s a belief that our country is in the grip of powerful forces that do not have our best interests at heart. This feeling is hardly new, and depending on where you stand on the political spectrum, it may be a sign of paranoia — or wisdom.
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