Until the night of November 8th, the prospect of a Trump presidency seemed like a joke. In retrospect, it’s tempting to see Trump’s ascendance as the logical endpoint of our increasingly fractious politics. But whether Trump was a historical inevitability or an accident of contingency, one thing is for sure: Something is not working in our country. Another thing seems increasingly likely: Under Trump, whatever wasn’t working is going to get worse. Trump’s victory is a self-inflicted wound on America’s constitutional democracy. Whether it is a mortal wound or not remains to be seen; the future is now radically uncertain. The question is how we meet it.