In an article in First Things by Matthew Schmitz, the writer quotes President Barack Obama saying in 2018, “We live in a time of increasing disillusionment with the liberal democratic order,” which he traced to a trend that liberal democracies ignore at their own peril the loss of meaning and community.

As the author writes, “Disaffection with the democratic (small ‘d’ — not the political party) form of government, is accompanied by a wider skepticism with established political parties and institutions. Obama was right to attribute this to a loss of meaning and community.”

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