If politicians can figure out how to build a future for working class Americans in the Midwest, then our country has a future as a predominant power, Brooks says. He looks at the ironies within this group of people, as well as the last election results in which Democrats were destroyed as blue collar whites voted Republican. The trend towards putting center-right governments in power has also swept across Germany, Sweden, France, Britain, and elsewhere in Europe. In America, politics are volatile because no one has an answer for the working class, and volatility will continue until an answer is found.
Brooks is a New York Times columnist.