Failure to Look for AlternativesMORE
In general, the public is not focused on the need to implement more constructive approaches to conflict. They see today's destructive conflicts as an unavoidable fact of life and they are increasingly willing to do all that is necessary to make sure that their side wins (even if it means violating previous moral taboos). They have consistently underrated the danger and allowed the political process to deteriorate toward the point where it is now having trouble protecting anyone's interests. In the resulting cynical environment, the steps needed to defend and strengthen democratic institutions are not being effectively taken.