This is what I worry about, too.
Except I don’t think the conditions that led to Trump are all that complicated. I’d rank them this way:
- Racism. Trump appealed to nativist bigotry.
Gerrymandering and voter suppression, Republican party specialties.
A history of anti-government propaganda, going all the way back to Ronald Reagan.
A complacent media sucking up to power.
I’d say, though, that the Russian meddling was exploiting weaknesses already present in the country — they just fed the corrupt beast a few snacks. They would have gotten nowhere if the other four factors weren’t also present, and they are our problems.
Those aren’t complicated problems. They’re just intractable and serve the interests of the people in power, so they have no interest in correcting them.