Our Populist Future?

Oh man - I go away for the weekend to help my sister move into college (in a certain "medium city" on the Long Island Sound), and Will Wilkinson decides to take this as an opportunity to launch one of his patented and totally unfair "hey, look at me, I've got all these smart arguments" attacks on something I wrote. Damn you, Wilkinson! How dare you use the power of intelligence against me?

Seriously, read the piece in question (yes, you'll have to suck it up and subscribe to the Atlantic), then read Will, read Ezra, read Will again, read Reihan and read Larison. I'll try to muster some extended thoughts on the subject, I promise, before the long weekend is out.