Here's a fairly short opinion piece. It has a pretty negative idea of how we are doing as a country. Do you agree? Are we this bad? Is it hopeless? If you like reading comments, there are a lot of them at the site. On all sides of the issue. Not a lot of substance though.
Our opinion is that if we are going to successfully navigate the current crisis and come out into a better place at the end of it, we will have to be very much better prepared with a strong vision of what we want and at least the beginnings of some infrastructure to support it. Remember, the thirteen colonies had local government already in place and functioning when they decided to rebel against England, and it worked, while the French had none and their revolution failed.