The problems are global. I think many people are looking to the USA to see what happens next. I'm not sure they're following the right leads though, if the amount of batshit insane politicians being given a legitimate platform is anything to go by.
The tenor of this conversation is a bit more fatalistic than realistic to my mind. I do think that the path to effective change rests with the electorate itself. If people stop tolerating things like gerrymandering, corruption, and flagrantly lying politicians then politicians would be forced to change to suit our expectations.
I hope it's fatalistic, I really do, but the apathy and inaction worries me as "the path to effective change rests with the electorate" who aren't doing a damn thing. So yes, IFF people stop tolerating everything, then things would be better. When are they going to stop tolerating all that stuff, Mr Optimistic?
I'm not saying they will anytime soon as that indeed could be considered optimistic! I suppose an optimistic *cough* read of Trump's election victory is as a sign that people are have reached the end of their patience with the status quo. I don't really think that's a good explanation for why Trump won, but I don't think it describes the attitude of some folks who voted for him.
Unfortunately, I don't know how to predict when people will have had enough.
If there is anything the last election taught me, it's that there's a lot of shit I don't understand. I've also been expecting the market to go boarish for quite a while now. My crystal ball must be faulty. I want a refund, damnit!