Yale R Magrass: Today, like in the 1960/70s, America is experiencing a Weimar-like polarization as the gap between the 1% and 99% approaches an unprecedented high.
Robert Reich: Exclusive patriotism tells us to fear foreign terrorists in our midst — even though almost every terrorist attack since 9/11 has been perpetrated by American citizens or holders of green cards living here for a decade or more.
Scot Nakagawa: Both the Brexit Vote and Trumpism demonstrate that there is a deep cultural fault line that runs through the the western world that is defined by identity and primarily by race and ethnicity.
Jack Rothman: The Sanders phenomenon is different and unique; it’s a hybrid of an electoral party campaign and popular insurrection, intertwined. That makes it hard to figure out and slippery to prognosticate about.
Lawrence Rosenthal: There is an irony in this referendum having stamped the British future so heavily. It is disproportionately the work of an older generation that will not have to live with its long-term consequences.
Joseph Palermo: Trump’s long association with Cohn, who was as shameless as Trump in his self-aggrandizement and arrogance, and so abused the legal profession that New York disbarred him, stands as one more indicator that Trump is unfit to serve in any public capacity, especially U.S. president.
Robert Reich: Everyone knows our democracy is drowning under big money. Confidence in politics has plummeted, and big money as the major culprit.
Walter Moss: Hillary Clinton has expressed far more concern about the environment than has Trump, but she has displayed few signs of pursuing a more pacific Middle East policy than President Obama or of discouraging the high-consumption lifestyle that so many of us regard as almost a God-given right.
Lance Simmens: Donald Trump has shown himself to be simply overmatched by the magnitude of the issues that he will be expected to deal with. He has exhibited a disdain, if not outright rejection, of the notion that complex decisions require careful examination of potential consequences.
Paul K. Haeder: Every single day I get the same memo – “What are we going to do with 7.1 billion people on earth, and who gets the brass ring and which ones are just too expensive for our own survival and love of the good life?”
Michael T. Hertz: At the present moment, it appears ever less likely that Bernie will make it to the White House. But we can dream, can’t we? And we can think: what would it be like to have a leader who really responded to the people?
Murray Polner: Presidential elections since the sixties showed that its memories and impact will remain with us “so long as politicians who came of age in the 1960s seek high office—and perhaps longer— the tensions of the era will retain their power.” Those Fabulous Sixties
Charles Hayes: We still aspire to an ethos of self-reliance and rugged individualism espoused by the likes of Ralph Waldo Emerson at a time when we were poorer in purse but much more independent.