“Apocalypse” is a Greek word that means uncovering. It is usually translated as “revelation” (e.g. “The Book of Revelation”, thanks to the Latin translation of the Greek New Testament) but we usually think of revelation as referring to a special message from God when it literally just means what is says: re-velare, unveil.
By pitting a game-show host against a criminal, the elections of 2016 have uncovered quite a bit about America: a selfish and incompetent ruling class, millions of voters eager to be conned, an ever more vulgar culture, ever more strident extremists.
If there is any comfort to be taken in the apocalypse of 2016 it is this: the revelation that power is largely an illusion. Political power loves to portray itself as power for good, but its real capacities mostly range from neutral to negative: it can make noise and flail about, destroy, and sometimes punish, but it finds it nearly impossible to build or create. At its very best political power protects and coordinates the creative energies that exist in spite of it.
So who builds if not government? Who builds the neighborhood, the culture, the church, or the family?
Why, you do.