After writing yesterday’s editorial, about Republican attacks on the American FBI, it occurred to me we’ve published more than a few stories about declining trust in institutions and what this means for Western democracy. So I’ve added a tag, trust in institutions, to help you find those stories more easily.
Here is my selection of the best ones:
- Falling trust makes us vulnerable to strongmen: When we lose trust in one another, we’re more likely to demand or accept strong-handed leadership.
- Resist the strongman’s siren call: America needs a national consensus for change, not a powerful individual to break the political deadlock.
- To save us from someone like Trump, look to institutions: People have historically looked to “big men” for leadership. Ryan Bohl explains that institutions exist to rein them in.