This is a Third World state of political collapse. We, the world’s leading constitutional democracy, are abandoning the basic rights and safeguards in our Constitution. We, the world’s most powerful economy, are failing to make basic plans to provide water to sustain life and energy to keep the lights on. Our political elite and our media cling to ideological fetishes and palace intrigues, and fail to learn from the mistakes other countries have made. And we are running out of time to save ourselves.