Both liberal and conservative reforms of the twentieth century have resulted in a society more fragmented and reliant upon centralized state powers. This has fueled increasing vitriol towards government.
David Brooks relays the thoughts of British author Phillip Blond who suggests we heal ourselves by: 1) re-orienting politics away from individual choice and more toward interpersonal connections and associations, 2)promoting locally-owned businesses and banks, 3) allowing for more employee ownership, 4) lowering government subsidies, and 5) supporting community colleges (the "village college") so that universities focus on the well-being of their surrounding communities. I think this is a great start. Way to go David Brooks and Phillip Blond.